Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Only thought Isseis would go – Vic Takemoto (OH0012)


I believe it was a Sunday. Of course we didn’t have TV in those days but we did have a radio. We were glued to the radio since we were concerned, my parents were concerned what has happened and what their outcome might be, since they weren’t citizens. Rest of us were, the kids, were all citizens. It didn’t matter, but both parents were not citizens and they were concerned.

We had relatives there in Honolulu so we were doubly concerned. But as it turned out, everything was okay, they were far away from the, the bombing. We didn’t do much. I don’t think that my parents called anyone.

They were concerned because they weren’t citizens and they didn’t know for sure what might happen if there was actually a war from, say, from the coast. As they started to come, come to Seattle, they thought that they may get put away someplace so that they wouldn’t interfere with the, with the invasion if there was one. I think that was about the only concern. They weren’t citizens so they knew that there wasn’t much they can do about it. Pretty much had to do what government said you had to do. And that was probably the main concern. They knew that we were, the kids were all citizens, so we didn’t think that if there was an evacuation that we would be taken with the… my parents. But as it turned out, we were all put in together when we were evacuated.

Video Interview — October, 2007

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Vic Takemoto

Victor Takemoto was 15 years old and in the ninth grade when he and his family were evacuated. He is the oldest of six siblings, five boys and one girl. The Takemoto family stayed in Manzanar during the entire war and was the first family to return to Bainbridge Island after the war.