Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 1 of 7, June 21, 2000


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Tommy Nishioka begins the interview with an introduction of himself and his parents, who came from Japan and settled in Hilo, Hawaii. His father would work with sugarcane workers, growing trees for firewood, while the children attended school and Japanese language school. Next, he talks about attending Pahala High School, playing basketball and going on trips to see volcanos erupt. He would also be involved in a Buddhist organization called the Young Buddhists Association (YBA). After this, he talks about how he never had to deal with discrimination in Hawaii and working as a chemist's assistant before the war.



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Date of Birth

1921 Aug 01

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training


Nishioka, Tommy: narrator, Enomoto, Satomi: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 1 of 7, June 21, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed September 23, 2023,