Hitoshi Sameshima oral history interview, part 3 of 8, February 24, 2002


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Hitoshi G. Sameshima recalls going to Gila in the first part of September. He says the first place you go when you enter camp is the employment office. Hitoshi recalls his interview with Kimiko Murakami. Hitoshi is assigned to be an interviewer since he is bilingual. Later he does census work and then works in the procurement office. Hitoshi explains what the loyalty questionnaire is. He says the questionnaire creates friction within the camp.

Hitoshi's parents have always stressed the importance of higher education. In camp, he receives his acceptance letter from the University of Denver (DU). Hitoshi receives his Bachelors of Science and Commerce after a year and a few months. Besides going to school, he works part-time jobs to support himself.

Hitoshi receives his draft notice and goes to Fort Hood, TX. His assignment is Anti-tank Company along with six other Nisei. Later, Hitoshi foes to Fort Snelling. He describes the living condition and basic training.



Oral History Item Type Metadata



Date of Birth

1921 Apr 13

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training


Sameshima, Hitoshi: narrator, Sato, Christine: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Hitoshi Sameshima oral history interview, part 3 of 8, February 24, 2002,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 24, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052654.