Ted Naomi Kurahara oral history interview, part 1 of 2, July 23, 2006


Dublin Core


Kurahara and the interviewers introduce themselves. Kurahara talks about his family trips to Japan. He describes the demographics of his Seattle community, including that of his high school. He shares his experiences with discrimination. He discusses Japanese language school. He talks about his religious upbringing. He describes his father's hotel business. He discusses his involvement in various sports and hobbies. He talks about his mentors. He describes the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He discusses his family's forced removal, including the fate of his family's property. He talks about his journey to the assembly center in Puyallup, Washington. He describes his friendships. He discusses the journey to Minidoka Concentration Camp. Kurahara talks about his life while living in Minidoka. He describes being drafted and inducted. He discusses his journey to Camp Blanding in Florida. He talks about his basic training. He describes Camp Shelby in Mississippi. He discusses his journey to England. He talks about landing in Glasgow, Scotland. He describes crossing the English Channel and his travels through Europe. He discusses joining K Company in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Kurahara talks about the enemy line. He also describes his time in Livorno, Italy. He discusses his combat experiences in the Apennine Mountains.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata



Date of Birth

1925 Jul 16

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training




Kurahara, Ted Naomi: narrator, Leivici, Joanne: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ted Naomi Kurahara oral history interview, part 1 of 2, July 23, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 23, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1049840.