Susumu Sarae oral history interview, part 1 of 4, October 23, 2005


Dublin Core


Susumu "Chick" Sarae is born on August 2, 1923, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents are from Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, and they have six children. One child lives in Japan for ten years before reuniting with the family in Hawaii.

Susumu discusses his childhood and home life. At home, they speak Japanese and Susumu attends Japanese Language School. Around the age of eleven or twelve years old, he goes to Japan for several months to visit his Grandmother, who is ill. He describes the difference between Japan and Hawaii.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Susumu recalls his father and Taru being sent to camp, and Richard is questioned by the FBI. Susumu himself is drafted into the Army.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1923 Aug 02

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training



Sarae, Susumu: narrator, Tsukano, Lloyd: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Susumu Sarae oral history interview, part 1 of 4, October 23, 2005,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024,