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Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Toshio Abe
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Toshio Abe was born in 1919 in California, the son of Japanese immigrants. He attended college in California but in 1941, before he completed his studies, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was sent to military intelligence school in Minnesota and was trained in various intelligence capacities in this Army program for Japanese Americans. In late 1943, he was stationed in New Delhi before being transferred to Burma, where he did translation work and also interrogated Japanese prisoners of war. When the war ended, he was rotated back to the United States and discharged. He returned to Minnesota, got married and quickly completed his engineering degree at a Minnesota university. He died in 2004. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Being drafted into the U.S. Army and the positions available for minorities; change in family situation after the attack on Pearl Harbor; holding of Japanese Americans in internment camps; training in Camp Savage, Minnesota; working as an interrogator of Japanese prisoners in Burma; benefits of the forced relocation process of Japanese Americans; life after discharge from the U.S. Army.
2.5 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
100 minutes length
Interviewee: Abe, Toshio
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.1 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'