Chikara Don Oka oral history interview, part 1 of 2, March 29, 2009

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Description

In this interview, Oka describes begins by describing his experience as a school-aged Japanese-American boy growing up in Okayama Japan. When he was a teenager, he longed to return to the United States as his brothers had, and was opposed to the idea of going to Manchuria like his father wished. The topic of discussion moves ahead to the end of the War and centers on activities during the Occupation of Japan in 1946. Oka was part of tactical units carrying out assignments related to Operation Blacklist. These included dismantling Japanese aircraft, releasing Japanese political prisoners, and searching for downed American aircraft. Oka makes repeated mention of his pride in the Marine Corps for their honorable conduct as an occupying force.

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video/m4v

Extent

0:57:48

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Identifier

2009OH0089A_01_Oka

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URL

http://www.goforbroke.org/oral_histories/mp4/089A-Oka-Don-1.m4v

Date of Birth

1920 Jan 05

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training

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Yes

Citation

Oka, Chikara Don: narrator et al., “Chikara Don Oka oral history interview, part 1 of 2, March 29, 2009,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 18, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1050535.