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Susumu Yenokida oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 6, 2008
Yenokida continues his life in Cortez, California, speaking about how his family came to be farmers and how they purchased their property of nearly 20 acres of land. Next, he discusses the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent evacuation notices of Executive Order 9066. Luckily, the family farm was taken over by another farming community and returned to the family once returned. Once the Yenokidas were forced out of their home, they headed to Merced to move into a temporary detention facility for approximately six months. From there, they were sent on a train to Colorado to join the Granada (Amache) Concentration Camps. It was there that Yonokida received his selective service notice into the Army, and let them know that he would be refusing to join. After a visit from a U.S. Marshal, he was sent to Pueblo. Colorado before being sent to the Denver County Jail to await his trial.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1925 Jan 28
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Entrance into Service
Yenokida, Susumu: narrator, Horsting, Robert: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Susumu Yenokida oral history interview, part 2 of 4, July 6, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 25, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1056007.