Masato Yamashita oral history interview, part 1 of 3, October 4, 2011


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Masato Yamashita's interview is with Lloyd Fujitani.

Masato Mauch Yamashita is born on December 27, 1924, in Lodi, CA. Lloyd Katsuto Fujitani is born January 1, 1917, in Lodi, CA. Both Masato and Lloyd are with 442nd Company I. Masato, and Lloyd's parents are from Japan.

Masato and Lloyd's parents are hard-working and care for the family. They both grow up in farming communities. Masato lives in Lodi, CA and Lloyd lives in Acampo, CA. They live 20 minutes away from each other.

Although Masato is an only child, his cousins live nearby, and he has neighborhood friends to play with him. Lloyd is the oldest child in his family, and he has one brother and a sister. Growing up, Masato and Lloyd do not experience discrimination. However, when the war starts, Masato experiences racism.

At home, Masato speaks Japanese, and his parents instilled in him to be hard-working and honest. Lloyd's parents teach him to be hard-working, honest, and Christianity. Masato and Lloyd recall their school years. They both love sports. Masato plays baseball, and Lloyd plays football.

On New Year, Masato and Lloyd's family go to each other's homes to eat. Masato and Lloyd say their mother cooks very well. On occasions, Masato goes to watch movies. He recalls some of his favorite cowboy actors.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1924 Dec 27

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Yamashita, Masato: narrator, Horsting, Robert: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Masato Yamashita oral history interview, part 1 of 3, October 4, 2011,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 19, 2024,