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William Yoshimi Hamada oral history interview, part 2 of 3, April 7, 2007
Hamada talks about his experiences as part of ROTC; discusses his thoughts regarding citizenship; and talks about how his grandparents moved back to Japan while he was still in high school. He then talks about his knowledge of pre-war tensions between the United States and Japan; discusses his work experiences after high school; and discusses the attack on Pearl Harbor and aftermath including talking about the treatment of Japanese Americans, Executive Order 9066, FBI and police presence in the Japanese American community, and his experiences with discrimination. Next, Hamada continues to discusses the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and talks about having to leave his belongings behind; and his family's forced removal to Pinedale temporary detention facility and Poston incarceration camp. Hamada then talks about the living conditions and his work at Pinedale; describes barbed wire; and talks about his experiences at Poston including recreational activities. Lastly, Hamada talks about the loyalty questionnaire he took and the interrogation process; and discusses how he became a "no-no boy".
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Date of Birth
1927 Mar 31
Location of Birth
Hamada, William Yoshimi: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “William Yoshimi Hamada oral history interview, part 2 of 3, April 7, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 1, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052575.