Paul Ito oral history interview, part 2 of 3, May 6, 2006


Dublin Core


Ito talks about his religious background. He discusses his church attendance. He shares his knowledge of World War Two overseas. He continues to describe the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He talks about his family's forced removal. He explains how the concept of Shikata ga nai helped him deal with discrimination. He discusses his family's move to Sacramento, California. He shares his knowledge of the Japanese language. He explains how he communicated with family while he was stationed at Fort Snelling. He describes his journey to the Philippines. He discusses his experiences while stationed in the Philippines. Ito talks about his journey to Tokyo, Japan. He describes his military government unit. He discusses his personal travels in Japan. He talks about his interactions with civilians. He describes the first time meeting his wife. He discusses his courtship and marriage. He lists his ranks. Ito talks about his wife's family. He describes his friendship with a reverend. He discusses his involvement in a military choir. He explains the process to bring his wife to America. He describes his weddings. He explains the long process he went through to secure housing. He talks about the opposition he faced when he tried to bring his wife to America. He discusses his journey to the United States. He describes his military service in America.






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 2 of 3, May 6, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed December 5, 2023,