Richard Saito oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 13, 2010


Dublin Core


Saito and the interviewers introduce themselves. Saito talks about his parent's immigration. He discusses his father's values. He talks about the languages spoken in his home. He describes volunteering for military service. He discusses his cultural heritage. He talks about his knowledge of Japanese. He describes his experiences in Japanese language school. He shares his knowledge of World War Two. He discusses his personal values. He talks about his children and grandchildren. He describes the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He discusses leaving Hawaii for the first time. Saito talks about Camp Savage and the Military Intelligence Service Language School. He describes his military training. He discusses being assigned to the 70th Fighter Squadron. He talks about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He describes his work as a radiomen. He describes the surrender of Japan. He discusses being assigned to Japan and his journey to Japan. He talks about his interactions with Japanese civilians. Saito explains how his loyalty to the United States was viewed by Japanese civilians. He describes the living conditions in Japan. He explains how he helped civilians.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1921 Jun 22

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training




Saito, Richard: narrator et al., “Richard Saito oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 13, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 20, 2024,