Mitsugi Tagawa oral history interview, part 1 of 3, April 21, 2006


Dublin Core


Tagawa talks about his birthplace. He shares his parents backstories. He talks about his father's business. He describes his mothers family. He explains how his father immigrated to the United States. He describes his Japanese identity. He describes his father's family. Tagawa talks about his name. He discusses his siblings. He describes his childhood during the Great Depression. He talks about primary school and his involvement in sports. He discusses his daily chores. He describes the demographics of his neighborhood. He lists his favorite radio programs. Tagawa talks about his encounters with famous people. He discusses his involvement in the Boy Scouts. He talks about practicing with guns. He discusses Japanese language school. He talks about his family farm. He explains why he wanted to sit for an Oral History. He talks about his family's forced removal to Gila Concentration Camp. He discusses employment opportunities in Gila. He describes the first time he met his future wife. He talks about his enlistment and induction. He talks about a furlough he took to Chicago, Illinois. Tagawa describes his journey to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and his life on Camp Shelby.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1923 Mar 09

Location of Birth

Incarceration Facilities

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training




Tagawa, Mitsugi: narrator, Yamagami, Don: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Mitsugi Tagawa oral history interview, part 1 of 3, April 21, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 23, 2024,