Ruth and Elyse Yamauchi oral history, 2006 March 9

Yamauchi, Ruth Y.,. 1915-


3 audio discs (140:01 min.) : sound ; 4 3/4 in. +.
The interview provides information and personal observations about Ruth Yamauchi's experiences as an internee at the Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz) during WWII. Ruth's daughter, Elyse M Yamauchi assisted with the interview and provided additional information.
Ruth Y. Honda was born on June 26, 1915 in Los Angeles, Calif. Her father, Yuzo Honda came to the U.S. in 1907 from Yamagata, Japan. A Methodist minister later arranged for Ruth's mother to come to the U.S. to marry her father. Yuzo Honda worked in agriculture in Imperial Valley, Calif and he eventually became the supervisor of Mexican immigrant workers. The Honda family had 7 children. After high school, Ruth Honda went to Union College and then to UC Berkeley for 2 years where she studied nursing. When she left college, she found a job working with Mikimoto Pearls. At the outbreak of WWII, Ruth and her husband, Hiroshi Mervin Yamauchi (1912-1990), were interred at the Central Utah Relocation Center Topaz internment camp at Topaz, Utah. where their son was born in 1943. Hiroshi and Ruth Yamauchi eventually left the camp for Hiroshi to work with military intelligence at the University of Colorado and then moved to Ann Arbor, Mich to teach Japanese to the U.S. Army.
Interview sponsored by the Front Range Research Association, Denver, Colo.
Interviewed by Tom and Laurie Simmons.
Recorded on March 9, 2006 at the Yamauchi family house, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Typed transcript of discs available.
Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

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