Dan Uchimoto oral history interview, part 1 of 4, October 14, 2007


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Dan Uchimoto is born October 9, 1921, in Loomis, California. Dan's Issei parents immigrated to the United States from Japan for better opportunities. His parents are sharecropped farmers, raising canning tomatoes. People of Japanese descent are not allowed to buy land. Therefore, his parents rent the land for farming.

Dan recalls his childhood and youth working on the farm. There is no time for vacations. During the Great Depression, life is a struggle but Dan's family survives the difficult time.

In the Uchimoto family, there are four children including Dan. Dan is the oldest child. He remembers his two sisters' reaction when he receives his draft notice for the Army. Dan's brother also has a military career but during Occupation forces in Germany.

Dan discusses his school years and discrimination. After graduating high school, he works on the farm to save money to enroll in college. Dan attends the University of California, Berkley.

Dan enjoys stamp collecting, vintage cars, and reading. Dan practices Japanese teaching called Seicho-no-le. He finds this Seicho-no-le helpful and insightful.





Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1921 Oct 09

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Uchimoto, Dan: narrator, Garvey, John: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Dan Uchimoto oral history interview, part 1 of 4, October 14, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 25, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1053486.