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Gordon Riess oral history interview, part 2 of 4, June 25, 2010
Riess discusses more about his father's background, including the legacy that he left in both Greece and the then Czechoslavakia. On trips back to those YMCA's, his father is still remembered by those that were there when it was first built. Next, he speaks about his reactions to the American concentration camps, saying people in Hawaii were outraged by the Executive Order 9066. Next, immediately after his 18th birthday, Riess would volunteer for the Army, going to Fort Lewis. During his time there, the war officially ended and he was sent to Japan to work at General MacArthur's headquarters in the chemical core. While there, he would see the Japanese civilians, visit various parts of Japan and clean up chemicals from the war.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1928 Feb 25
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Entrance into Service
Riess, Gordon: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Gordon Riess oral history interview, part 2 of 4, June 25, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 27, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055766.