Robert Nagata oral history interview, part 1 of 5, August 26, 2007


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The interview with Clarence Yayoi Tamayori is combined with Robert Tokuo Nagata.

Clarence Yayoi Tamayori is a Nisei veteran of K Company, 3rd Battalion 442nd, is born June 18, 1921, in Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii. His parents are Matsuki Tamayori and Mitsuwa Shimabukuro. Clarence's parents are hard-working to provide for their thirteen children.

Besides attending primary school, Clarence also attends Japanese Language School. His childhood activities include sports and fishing. In the summertime, Clarence works on the pineapple plantation. He is closest to his brother Hiroshi.

Robert Tokuo Nagata, a Nisei veteran of M Company 442nd, is born March 23, 1922, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents are both from Kumamoto, Japan. Robert's father is a salesman and there are eight children in the family.

Robert recalls attending primary school and going to Japanese Language School on the weekday and Saturday mornings. For entertainment, Robert plays sports and goes fishing. Growing up, the friend that influences him the most is Taiji Leung.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1923 Mar 23

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Nagata, Robert: narrator Tamayori, Clarence: narrator, Horsting, Robert: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Robert Nagata oral history interview, part 1 of 5, August 26, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 21, 2024,