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Grant Hirabayashi Interview

Date: January 11, 2006


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Grant Hirabayashi Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's family background: immigration to the U.S. because of religious beliefs Segment 1 of 42 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of mother and siblings Segment 2 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood memories of Thomas, Washington Segment 3 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up on the same farm as Gordon Hirabayashi Segment 4 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood interests in things other than education Segment 5 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' involvement in the Japanese non-church movement Segment 6 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Deciding to go to Japan at age twelve Segment 7 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Adjusting to life in Japan as a child Segment 8 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Barred by father from returning to U.S. until completion of high school Segment 9 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to the U.S. rather than join the Japanese military Segment 10 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Making the adjustment to attending school in the U.S. Segment 11 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feeling torn between American and Japanese identity Segment 12 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enlisting in the military just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 13 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being placed in 'protective custody' with other Japanese American soldiers Segment 14 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working for the military as a flight clerk Segment 15 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Joining the Military Intelligence Service Segment 16 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of curriculum and class structure at Fort Snelling Segment 17 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Visiting family in Tule Lake, being guarded by "a soldier wearing the same uniform as mine" Segment 18 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history, Tule Lake
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Volunteering for a dangerous mission: "I knew I had to prove something" Segment 19 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparation for secret mission in the Pacific Segment 20 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Training in India Segment 21 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discovering food allergies while training for combat Segment 22 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of mission in Burma Segment 23 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Descriptions of fellow soldiers' outstanding work in the field Segment 24 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Dealing with the hardships of dysentery and food allergies Segment 25 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of dramatic siege at Nhpum Ga Segment 26 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Temporarily leaving unit to recover from illness Segment 27 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Called a traitor by a Japanese prisoner of war Segment 28 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interrogating 'comfort women' in Myitkyina Segment 29 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parting ways with 'Merrill's Marauders' Segment 30 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Hearing rumors of development of the atomic bomb while in China Segment 31 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interrogating Japanese prisoners of war Segment 32 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Working as a personal interpreter for General McClure Segment 33 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Witnessing the Japanese surrender ceremony Segment 34 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to the United States Segment 35 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting future wife Segment 36 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting married and then transferring to Japan Segment 37 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement with the war crimes trials in Japan Segment 38 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Witnessing the devastation in Hiroshima after the atomic bombing Segment 39 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The covert nature of the Military Intelligence Service Segment 40 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Grant Hirabayashi Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Postwar career: working for the State Department and Library of Congress Segment 41 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Importance of the National Japanese American Memorial Segment 42 of 42 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history