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Ike Hatchimonji interviewed Frank Koo Endo on April 23, 2004 at his home in Gardena, California. Ernie Tsujimoto monitored the recording equipment and Colette Isawa took notes during the interview. Frank Endo was born in Wilmington, California and grew up on Terminal Island, California. He taught gymnastics at Santa Anita, California Race Track and at the incarceration camp in Amache, Colorado where he was incarcerated. Endo worked in Chicago during WWII and served in the US Army's Military Intelligence Service. He participated in the war crimes tribunal investigations in Osaka, Japan. Endo married in Japan and brought his wife back to live in Gardena. Endo was interviewed as part of the South Bay History Project created by the South Bay Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. Includes sixteen oral histories reflecting the various experiences of South Bay Issei and Nisei. Some grew up on farms and others in suburban area; some were incarcerated during WWII in incarceration camps and some spent all or part of the war working and living in other parts of the US or Japan. All of them returned to the South Bay after WWII and observed the changes that have occurred in area through the end of the twentieth century.
Identity and values--Nisei Geographic communities--California--Terminal Island World War II--Mass removal ('Evacuation') World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers World War II--Incarceration camps World War II--Military service--Military Intelligence Service Japan--Post-World War II Military service--Postwar occupation of Japan Military service--Post-World War II service World War II--Leaving camp--'Resettlement Community activities--Sports Community activities--Associations and organizations--Japanese American Citizens League
Gardena, California Incarceration Camps--Granada (Amache) Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita