Ray Shiiki oral history interview, part 1 of 3, September 9, 2008


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Ray Gerald Shiiki is born January 7, 1927, in Gresham, Oregon. Ray's parents are from Koga, Japan, and immigrated to the United States. They settled in Oregon. He has three sisters and one brother.

Ray emphasizes the value of family and friendship. He says relationships are important to him. During his school years, he recalls influential teachers and friends that impacted his life.

When Ray is in the seventh grade, he travels to Japan with his mother to visit his ill grandmother. Ray is gone for several months. However, he can catch up with his school assignments. Besides primary school, Ray attends Japanese Language School.

Ray recalls December 7 and going to the assembly center. Ray's family tries to stay together as long as they can. However, they go their separate ways. Ray is drafted and goes to Camp Hood and Fort Snelling.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1927 Jan 07

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Shiiki, Ray: narrator, Nakaishi, Russell: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ray Shiiki oral history interview, part 1 of 3, September 9, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055478.