Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Toshio Abe

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Titles Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I: Interview with Toshio Abe
Description 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.
Quantity 2.5 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 100 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Abe, Toshio
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Dates Creation: 03/01/2002
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 112 (Library Call Number)
AV2006.1.1 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project: Part I'


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  • Sam on April 21, 2017 10:51:20 AM
    This was a very interesting story to read about for a History Project and I am glad that I read it!

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