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Susumu Yenokida oral history interview, part 3 of 4, July 7, 2008
Yenokida begins his trial in Denver, submitting paperwork showing that Japanese Americans were not being given their Constitutional Rights, however, the judge did not agree and he was sentenced to Tuscon Federal Work Camp for 1 year. He and the other Japanese Americans were handcuffed and leg shackled and sent down to Tuscon, which left a shameful imprint on Yenokida's mind for the rest of his life. While there, his two brothers also were sentenced to the same work camp and they continued on doing their work for a year and decided to head back to Ameche to see their mother. However, upon arrival, they found they were not allowed back and instead had to sneak into the camps late at night. After nearly being caught one night, they headed back to Denver to start working but were taken advantage of by others that had been living in the work camps with them.
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 3 of 4, July 7, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 24, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1056008.