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"I did my best under trying circumstances with my parents in the camps." (Video Interview, Part 2, 14:51)

   Yukio Kawamoto
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Yukio Kawamoto, Camp Robinson, Arkansas, 1942.
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 37th Infantry Division Headquarters
Service Location: Camp Robinson, Arkansas; Camp Crowder, Missouri; Savage-Snelling, Minnesota; Angel Island, San Francisco, California; New Caledonia; Bougainville Island (Solomon Islands); Luzon (Philippines)
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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While most Americans were celebrating VJ Day in August 1945, Yukio Kawamoto had more urgent family matters to attend to. His parents had been interned in a Utah relocation camp for the duration of the war, while he served with the Army's Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific, translating documents and interrogating prisoners. When the relocation camps began closing in the spring of 1945, he was given an early release from the Army to help his parents move back to their former hometown of Berkeley, California.

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Restrictions on Japanese-Americans in early 1942; evacuation of his parents. (03:23) On troop ship from Hawaii to New Caledonia; hearing black troops complain about living conditions; first duties abroad; trying for a commission. (04:50) Duties in Bougainville; getting valuable information from a prisoner. (08:03)
Working in teams to interrogate; landing in the Philippines; fighting in Luzon and Manila. (06:08) Getting his parents out of the internment camp; postwar job in Japan with military tribunal; marriage. (03:49) Reflections on his service; need for international understanding. (02:27)
  
 
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