Frank Hiratsuka oral history interview, part 2 of 3, November 21, 2008


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Frank Hiratsuka is a junior in High School when Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7. Frank and his parents move to Ridley, a safe zone termed by the government.

In Ridley, Frank and his parents work on a peach farm until they receive evacuation orders. Previously, Frank grows up with mainly Caucasian people. After moving to Ridley, a farming community, and Poston, Frank discusses the culture shock.

Frank and his parents go to Poston, Camp 3, and he recounts the living conditions. At Poston, Frank continues his education, and his parents find jobs within the camp. Frank recalls his mother's family are relocated to Gila River.

In June of 1943, Frank and his parents leave Poston. Frank finishes high School and gets a job analyzing paint. In January of 1945, Frank receives his draft notice and starts his military career.



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Date of Birth

1926 Jul 16

Location of Birth

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Entrance into Service


Hiratsuka, Frank: narrator, Yuge, Tim: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Frank Hiratsuka oral history interview, part 2 of 3, November 21, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 21, 2024,