Henry Gary Shiota oral history interview, part 1 of 6, January 31, 1999


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Henry Gary Shiota is born January 6, 1926, in Huntington Beach, CA. Gary shares how he gets his name and how popular the name Henry is.

In January of 1932, Gary's mother takes the children to Japan to plan their future arrangements with the family elders. Gary describes Japanese customs and how some of his siblings were raised in Japan by relatives. Gary and his older brother return to the United States and grows up in Lodi, CA, a farming community.

Gary discusses his school years from elementary school to high school. In his free time, he likes playing baseball and watching movies. On Sundays, Gary attends Buddhist Church and Sunday School.

When Pearl Harbor is attacked, Gary recalls the aftermath of the evacuation. As an American citizen, he never imagined he would be evacuated to camp.






Shiota, Henry Gary: narrator, Kawata, Ian: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Henry Gary Shiota oral history interview, part 1 of 6, January 31, 1999,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 27, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1058023.