Harvey Kitaoka oral history interview, part 4 of 7, January 23, 2005

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Description

Kitaoka discusses going to school the day after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Although it is uncomfortable not knowing how his classmates feels, Kitaoka does his best in class. He recalls the climate on the school campus , the Unites States President's speech and the forced removal.

Before entering camp, Kitaoka remembers feeling fear and nervousness of the unknowing. Evacuees are only allow to bring what they can carry into camp. The Kitaoka family is sent to Santa Anita Temporary Detention Center. Kitaoka recalls the living condition of the barracks and horse stables. In camp, Kitaoka gets a job collecting meal tickets and makes $16 a month. Soon after, his family relocates to Jerome Concentration Camp and he gets an opportunity to leave camp. He leaves to Montana to work on a sugar beet farm for a few months and returns back to camp in the fall when the ground freezes. He recalls social activities and sports in camp.

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video/m4v

Extent

video/m4v

Language

Spatial Coverage

Identifier

2005OH0523_04_Kitaoka

Oral History Item Type Metadata

URL

http://www.goforbroke.org/oral_histories/mp4/523-Kitaoka-Harvey-4.m4v

Date of Birth

1926 Jul 06

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training

Campaigns/Battles

Index

Yes

Citation

Kitaoka, Harvey: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Harvey Kitaoka oral history interview, part 4 of 7, January 23, 2005,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 3, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1051063.