Harry Mitsuru Kodama oral history interview, part 1 of 3, August 19, 2006


Dublin Core


Kodama and the interviewers introduce themselves. Kodama talks about his wife and children. He briefly discusses the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He describes his early life in Imperial Valley, California. He talks about his parents and his family farm. He discusses his home life. He describes his experiences in primary school. He also describes his experiences with discrimination. He talks about his family's home. He discusses his childhood activities, including his involvement with sports. He lists all the times his family moved. He explains the extent to which he heard rumors of an impending war. He describes the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He talks about his family's forced removal. He discusses arriving at Poston Concentration Camp and his life while there. He describes his relationships with his siblings. He talks about volunteering for the military and then being drafted. He explains how his family adjusted to life at Poston. He shares his family's reactions to the news that he was drafted. Kodama shares his knowledge of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He describes his journey to Florida. He talks about the segregation he witnessed while in the South. He discusses his basic training and weapons training. He describes BAR soldiers. He briefly talks about Camp Blanding. He discusses his wages and what he did in his leisure time.






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Date of Birth

1923 Jun 21

Location of Birth

Incarceration Facilities

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training




Kodama, Harry Mitsuru: narrator, Kunitomi, Darrell: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Harry Mitsuru Kodama oral history interview, part 1 of 3, August 19, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 23, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1049978.