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Charles Oda oral history interview, part 4 of 5, May 14, 2005
Oda discusses his time in Europe and the experiences he had while there. He discusses the religions he grew up with and being a boy scout for a short time and how that taught him to give respect to elders. Next, he talks about the things that were given to him before the war, such as a senninbari and sending home watches and other things for his family. He would also see Mussolini hanging after the war and talk about that experience. The war would end, and he would head back to Hawaii to continue his education at the University of Hawaii. He would graduate from college with a sociology major and also continue his swimming throughout his time there. After college, he would begin working at a pineapple cannery before joining Pan-American Airlines. While at the University of Hawaii, he would meet his wife.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1923 Feb 09
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Entrance into Service
Oda, Charles: narrator, Miyamoto, Phil: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Charles Oda oral history interview, part 4 of 5, May 14, 2005,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed October 4, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1051408.