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Oral history interview with Joseph Ichiuji

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0421 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0070

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Ichiuji

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Joseph Ichiuji describes his parents as having immigrated to the US in the early 1900s; his father being a truck farmer and then owning a shoe repair business; working in a fish cannery and living in Fresno, CA until Executive Order 9066, which required that all Japanese Americans be evacuated to internment camps; being sent by train and truck to Flagstaff, Arizona, where they were assigned to barracks number three of the internment camp at Poston, AZ; conditions at the camp, which was run like an army installation with strict regimentation; volunteering for the 442 Combat Team, formed in 1943 and consisting solely of Japanese American soldiers who had families living in internment camps; fighting in Italy at the front lines north of Rome; liberating Livorno, Italy; helping liberate a subcamp of Dachau; conditions of prisoners still alive at the camp; helping two Lithuanian prisoners reconnect with important people in their lives; going home in December 1945 to find his parents released from the internment camp; helping his father with his business until May 1946 when he went to Washington, DC, where he worked in government service for 37 years; and the reunion of Japanese American soldiers in Los Angeles, CA, which a few of the survivors of Dachau attended.
    Interviewee
    Joseph Ichiuji
    Interviewer
    Nancy Alper
    Date
    interview:  1997 June 16
    Geography
    creation: Rockville (Md.)

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ichiuji, Joe.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Nancy Alper, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on June 16, 1997, in Rockville, Md. The interview was transferred to the Museum's Archives on June 16, 1997.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-11-16 08:12:16
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