Paul Ito oral history interview, part 1 of 3, May 6, 2006


Dublin Core


Ito talks about his birthplace, Fresno, California. He discusses his experiences in primary school. He describes how and why his parents immigrated to America. He talks about his father's work at a cannery. He discusses his father's launch into farming. He describes his mother's role in his household. He talks about the laborers on his family farm. He discusses his household chores. He describes what it was like living with his grandparents. He talks about the activities he was involved in during junior high. Ito discusses the Japanese American community in Davis, California. He describes his experiences while in college. He talks about his family farm. He discusses his home life. He describes his childhood home. He discusses his participation in his church choir. He talks about primary school. He describes his Davis, California community. He explains how his family communicated with his relatives in Japan. He talks about the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He discusses his family's forced removal. He describes his work in Idaho. Ito explains what happened to his family farm after his family was forced to leave. He talks about taking a permanent leave from Tule Lake. He discusses his draft and induction. He describes his work in Idaho. He talks about his return to Utah. He describes his experiences in Japanese language school. He talks about his time at Camp Savage/Fort Snelling. He briefly discusses his time at Military Intelligence Service Language School.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1922 Nov 09

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service




Ito, Paul: narrator, Yamagami, Don: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Paul Ito oral history interview, part 1 of 3, May 6, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 3, 2023,