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Oral history interview with Fred Hirayama

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.481.11 | RG Number: RG-50.062.0011

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Fred Hirayama, born in Hawaii, describes living on a plantation; volunteering for the army; the discrimination his brother experienced as a Japanese American; how his parents were proud of him for serving; how no one in his family was sent to a relocation center; going to Camp Shelby and never experiencing any discrimination; serving in the 522nd in France and Germany; his experiences with the concentration camps; going to Dachau where he saw the atrocities, gas chambers, and the inmates; returning to Germany in 1984; his memories of the Pearl Harbor attack; and some pictures he has of the state of Texas honoring the 442nd regiment.

Interviewee
Fred Hirayama
Interviewer
Judy Weightman
Andrew Mirikitani
Date
1987 December 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:42:22
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