Frank Tanabe oral history interview, part 3 of 3, June 28, 2008


Dublin Core


In 1959, Frank S. Tanabe joined the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands with Headquarters (USCAR). Frank was part of the Public Affairs department as an Information Supervisor/News Writer. Besides his work, Frank proactively created programs with other media members in Okinawa and government officials.

Frank explains returning of territory (taken in battle) and USCAR's key role in rebuilding Okinawa. Moreover, Frank gives credit to the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during the occupation.

From 1959 to 1972, Frank worked for USCAR. After USCAR dissolved, Frank stayed in Okinawa and joined the Navy Command as a Public Affairs Officer (POA) from 1972 to 1986. Frank recalls President Eisenhower's visit to Okinawa in 1959 and the bad public relations afterward.

After 1986, Frank retired. He resided in Seattle for ten years before moving to Boise, ID. In 2001, he moved to Hawaii to live with his daughter, Barbara. Overall, Frank said his Public Affairs Officer career in Federal Service was rewarding and discussed other Nisei's contributions to occupation in Japan.



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Date of Birth

1919 Aug 10

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Location of Basic Training


Tanabe, Frank: narrator, Tsukiyama, Ted: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Frank Tanabe oral history interview, part 3 of 3, June 28, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 29, 2024,