Ken Tamura oral history interview, part 2 of 7, May 1, 2000


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Ken Tamura discusses his childhood friend Woody and their friendship. The Tamura family sells their farm in Oklahoma and moves to Japan. Before arriving in Japan, the Tamura family visits California and Hawaii.

In Japan, Ken and his family live at their grandmother's home (Ken's mother's mother). Ken discusses adjusting to living in Japan and going to school.

When Ken is almost eighteen years old, the Tamura family moves back to the United States and resides in Los Angeles, CA. Ken recalls December 7 and evacuating to Pomona. Ken describes camp life and Heart Mountain Wyoming.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1923 Mar 27

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Tamura, Ken: narrator, Lim, Reuben: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ken Tamura oral history interview, part 2 of 7, May 1, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 25, 2024,