Leo Morishita oral history interview, part 1 of 4, September 11, 2007


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Leo Morishita is born December 24, 1923, in Shelley, Idaho. Leo's parents are from Hiroshima, Japan, and immigrates to the United States for a better life. When Leo's father arrives in the United States, he works on the railroad and later becomes a farmer. Due to the Alien Land Law, Issei cannot own land. When Leo's oldest brother turns 18, the family buys a farm under his name.

Leo grows up on the farm with four siblings. In Idaho Falls, there is a Japanese School that Leo attends after primary school and on Saturdays. Besides school, Leo participates in sports. On Sundays, Leo would attend Mormon Church but later attends a Methodist Church.

At home, Leo speaks primarily Japanese. He enjoys listening to the radio, hunting, and fishing. On New Year, Leo's mother prepares a special meal and invites friends to their house.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, Leo recalls curfews and restrictions that are enforced.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1923 Dec 24

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Morishita, Leo: narrator, Garvey, John: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Leo Morishita oral history interview, part 1 of 4, September 11, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 20, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1053466.