Video Interview — June, 2008
Getting stuck in Seattle without citizenship papers – Sada Omoto (OH0090)
Right after the war began, I was then at that point attending the University of Washington as a freshman, and I was commuting. One day, which was probably soon after, soon as the war started, the… we had to show our citizenship papers, which we didn’t have, obviously, other than saying… you had to have proof of birth, your birth certificate. As I was ready to get on the boat, I was stopped by George Freeman — who was one of my classmates at one point — and he said I couldn’t go on.
At that point, what do I do? The ferry is… it’s getting later in the fall, and getting dark. And do you know who came to my rescue? Frank Kitamoto, Senior. He had then, at that point, a jewelry store in Seattle. And he said to me to come with him. That he had relatives or friends and so forth. The first night I stayed. I don’t know who it was. All I know is that was a good thing. Otherwise, what was I going do?