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Richard Nakamura


I were [was] born in Honolulu, Hawaii. We were happy to live there because we could go everywhere and the people were nice. Every Sunday I go to my uncle’s place. My [aunty] cook’s some cake, cookies, and makes candies so I wish to go there every day. When I was 6 years old I started to go to school.

Everybody played with me. At school we go out on the court in the morning and salute the flag of

America and there is music on so we march. We sing God bless America. When I was 8 years old the war in Japan began in 1941 Dec. [December] 7 that night my father was taken away and I did not get my birthday on Dec. [December] 15. We were sad. We were always wishing my father were back and we always were looking for him. On Dec [December] 26 we were to go to America. We went on a boat called [ ] and it was very big. The trip was good. We stopped at Oakland Cali. We went on a train it was long.

We came to Jerome, Arkansas. We were at Jerome for 1 year. I went to Louisiana to meet my father.

We did not meet my father until we went to Jerome. My father has sent me lots of things. Next my father went to Santa Fe, New Mexico Internment camp. Then my father came to Jerome and we all came to Tule Lake.



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