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Thomas Takemoto oral history interview, part 6 of 6, April 19, 2004
After being discharged from the 1399 Engineer Construction Battalion, Thomas Takemoto was hired as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service. He talks about his wife, children, and grandchildren. He believes that future generations should have better access to the Nisei story. After the war ended, Club 100 - a veteran organization for Nisei veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion - was formed. In Thomas's perspective, he believed that the Big Five prevented other Nisei veteran organizations from forming together with Club 100 to deter them from gaining political power. He describes the various structures that the 1399 Engineer Construction Battalion built during the war, and talks about his friend, Tatsuki Yoshida, who was interrogated by the FBI after the Pearl Harbor attack, and labelled a "Prisoner of War".
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Takemoto, Thomas: narrator, Miyamoto, Phil: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Thomas Takemoto oral history interview, part 6 of 6, April 19, 2004,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 2, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/810.