4/22/10

Golfing at Poston?

One Hazard Less: Poston Camp II’s 9-Hole Sand Golf Course
By Troy Ishikawa
Photo: Roy Ishikawa with “Sherry” surveying the ball line to hole. Poston Camp II, Photo July 1945.

Unlike the big fish stories that many a fisherman has exaggerated about the size of the fish they caught, my dad unabashedly admitted that he was a “hack golfer.” I believed his frankness in a joking way.

According to my dad, Roy Ishikawa (Poston block 211-13-G), he used to play golf on Poston Camp II’s 9-hole sand golf course. Can you believe a leisure sport like golf in a concentration camp? Poston, Arizona was one of the locations of World War II American concentration camps. Poston or the official name, Colorado River Relocation Center consisted of camps I, II, and III and at its peak collectively held over 17,000 prisoners. Poston along with America’s nine other concentration camps, spread out in six states became “home” to 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. My family spent more than 2 ½-years behind barbed wire fences.

Over the years, after the concentration camp my dad derived great pleasure “chasing the little white ball” as he used to say and would wake up early on weekends to play golf throughout California’s Central Coast, at such courses as Pasatiempo, Laguna Seca, and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Looking back, Dad claimed he never participated in any camp golf tournaments because he wasn’t skillfully adept. I inquired, “What was your handicap?” He couldn’t remember, but he said that it was “high.” Fortunately, he improved and was an amateur tournament golfer during the 1950s and ‘60s. He even won some big-sized trophies along the way.

Poston Camp II’s 9-hole sand golf course was located near Block 220. The longest hole measured around 335-yards and the shortest hole possibly measured around 80. This hole was closest to the “lake” most likely a seasonal lake, and knowing the desert, there was probably not much rain year-round. I asked, “How did you get the golf balls?” Dad said, “Golf balls were difficult to get. We used to buy balls from someone who lived on Block 220.”

The few photos we have of Poston Camp II include my dad and mom playing golf. In fact, he attempted to teach golf to his wife, Edna who used to hit a low-ball flight, but admitted he wasn’t such a good instructor. “She wanted to learn, but I didn’t know how to teach.” Apparently, my dad had brought to camp a set of golf clubs and a bag. Could he have mistaken the camp to mean “summer camp?” He remembered that he used to carry four clubs: one driver, one putter, a 4-iron and he couldn’t recall the last.
Photo: Edna Ishikawa at Poston Camp II Fairway, Photo developed July 1945.

Another question I asked was “Who was your golfing partner?” That was easy to remember, George Ninomiya (Poston block 211-13-F), a Nisei (second generation) from Monterey. He worked in one of the camp canteens. Speaking about jobs, my dad had a couple of jobs in camp, one was as a policeman and the other was a foreman for the irrigation canal. He worked at the agriculture department and used to borrow the John Deere tractor after work to repair sections of the golf course.

Photo: Roy Ishikawa – Poston Camp II 9-hole Sand Golf Course, Photo developed July 1945.

I still wondered, “Who designed the golf course?” My dad did not know, though he believed the course was built about six-months after entering camp, so that would have been around January 1943. But my line of questions did remind him of an episode that he did not forget. An Issei (first generation) from Salinas named Endo-san, who liked to practice singing, had a lot of interest in golf, but probably did not understand the rules and regulations, not to mention the principles of how to play the game. As most of you can relate, Japanese people can be fairly pragmatic. One day, Endo-san cut down a “hazard” tree that blocked the entrance to the shortest hole. I bet there were some “angry” golfers left in the wake! From a golfer’s point of view this was dreadful, however from a Japanese pragmatist, this is classic: cutting down the tree made it easier for him to reach the putting green. He probably asked, “Who designed this course anyway?”



JACL Calls on USC

Instead of degrees for its WWII-impacted JA students, the Los Angeles-based private university awarded honorary alumni status.

By Pacific Citizen Staff
Published April 16, 2010

The JACL national board has passed a resolution urging the University of Southern California to award honorary degrees to its former Nisei students who during World War II were forced to discontinue their education because of the internment.

Over 100 USC Japanese American students were affected by with WWII internment, university officials have said. In 2008, the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association honored their former Nisei students during an April 25 scholarships and awards gala.

The university also awarded honorary alumni status to WWII-impacted Nisei students.

But the JACL national board resolution, passed unanimously at the April 9-10 meeting in San Francisco, Calif., calls the honorary alumni status “inadequate reparations.”

“The passage of this resolution is important to all Nisei students who attended USC and was forced to leave the institution due to Executive Order 9066,” said Kerry Kaneichi, JACL Pacific Southwest district governor.

Nisei students suffered extraordinarily because USC was the only West Coast university that refused to release their transcripts, which resulted in a disruption in their higher education studies, he added.

Many California universities and community colleges have either already awarded Nisei honorary degrees or have announced plans to host such ceremonies after the passage of Assembly Bill 37, which called on California State University, University of California and community colleges to award these degrees.

The JACL national board resolution calls on USC to “act with a particular priority on issuing honorary degrees to former Nisei students.”

“We believe that USC’s refusal to issue honorary diplomas is unjustified and hope that with the added backing of National JACL, these students will finally receive their honorary diplomas,” said Kaneichi.

Source: http://www.pacificcitizen.org/site/details/tabid/55/selectmoduleid/373/ArticleID/583/reftab/36/title/JACL_Calls_on_USC_to_Issue_Nisei_Degrees/Default.aspx



4/15/10

CA Nisei College Diploma

Unidentified Names in Southern California
UCLA, Los Angeles City College (LACC), Pasadena City College (PCC), Compton Jr. College (CC), San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)

Contact: Aya Ino, CA Nisei College Diploma Project Coordinator
(415) 567-5505 or email aino@jcccnc.org

NAME/Hometown/School

ABE, YUKIO -LACC
Aisawa, David S.-PCC
Ajioka, Shusaku James-Los Angeles-UCLA
Akima,T. Johnnie-PCC
AKINO,MITSUGU-LACC
Akino, Mitsugu-Pacoima-UCLA
Akiyama, Fred-Compton
Amai, Joe-PCC
Amai, Miki-PCC
AMAMOTO,SATSUKO ELMA-LACC
Arai, Tim Toshito-Sacramento-UCLA
ARAKI, KIYOKO-LACC
ARAKI, ALICE-LACC
Arase, Paul-Los Angeles-UCLA
ASAI, SHIGERU HENRY-LACC
ASAKURA, JUNICHI-LACC
ASANO, SEIKO-LACC
ASANO, JESSIE HIDEKO-LACC
ASANO, KATSUNOBU-LACC
Awane, Shiro-Compton
Awane, Tadao-Compton

Befu, Yoshiro-UCLA

CHIKASAWA, MARY EMIKO-LACC

DEGUCHI,MITSUE MARY-LACC
DYO, KOW-LACC

Egashira, Kazuo-Compton
Endo, Sei George-San Fernando-UCLA
Endow, Shigeo John-Pacoima-UCLA
Eto, Joseph-PCC

FUJIKAWA, MARY KAORU-LACC
Fujiki, Yasuko-Santa Monica-UCLA
Fujimoto, Tamio F.-PCC
FUJISAKA, FLORENCE YUKIE-LACC
FUJITA, TOKUNORI-LACC
Fujiwara, Mitsuko-PCC
Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi-PCC
FUJIYOSHI, TOKIO-LACC
FUKAYAMA, ISA-LACC
Fukuda, Kozo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Fukuda, Mary Satsuki-PCC
FUKUI, MITSUKO-LACC
FUKUSHIMA, MANABU-LACC
Fukutaki, Edgar-PCC
Fukuto, Tetsuo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Funakoshi, Freddie-PCC
FURUYA, CHARLES MASAMI-LACC
Fuyuume, Naoshi John-PCC

Ginoza, Herbert-PCC
Ginoza, Kiyoshi-Compton
Gorai, Seichiro Arthur-UCLA
Goto, Masaji-PCC
Goya, Hifumi Steve-PCC

HACHISUKA, BETTY SACHIKO-LACC
Hama, Mas-Compton
Hamada, -Compton
Hamaguchi, Roy-Compton
Hamamura, Violet K.-PCC
Hamane,Fusae-PCC
HAMANO, TAKESHI-LACC
Hamasake, Alice-Compton
HANANOUCHI, SETSUKO MARION-LACC
HARA, ISAO-LACC
HARADA, MINORU-LACC
HASAMA, MIDORI-LACC
Hasegawa, Minoru-PCC
Hasegawa, Osamu-PCC
HASHIMA, SEIDO-LACC
HASHIME, RYO-LACC
HASHIMOTO, SHIZUE-LACC
Hashimoto, Ichi-Compton
Hatakeyama, Misa-PCC
Hatanaka, Lillian-Compton
HATTORI, AMY EMIKO-LACC
HATTORI,SUMIKO SUSIE-LACC
Hayakawa, George T.-PCC
Hayakawa, Harry Toshio-PCC
Hayami, Grace-San Gabriel-UCLA
Hayami, Yutaka Frank-PCC
HAYASHI, TAKEO ERIC-LACC
HAYASHI, YOSHIMI-LACC
Hayashi, Kazuo-Van Nuys-UCLA
Hayashi, June-PCC
Hayashi, Kinji-PCC
Hayashi, Kiyoto -PCC
Hayashi, Saburo -Compton
Hayashida, Ted- Compton
Hayataka, Hiroshi-Hawthorne-UCLA
HIGUCHI, EMIKO-LACC
Hiraga, Aiko Rose-Los Angeles-UCLA
Hirano, Seiichiro Robert-Los Angeles-UCLA
HIRIKOSHI, ELIZABETH AIKO-LACC
HIROOKA, SAKAE-LACC
HIROTA, HELEN FUMIKO-LACC
HOCHI, KENICHI-LACC
HOCHI, KEIKO RUTH-LACC
Hohri, Kieko-Los Angeles-UCLA
HORI, SHIZUO-LACC
HORI, ALICE AIKO-LACC
Horikiri, Masaye-Compton
HORINO, ALICE MARY-LACC
Horita, Kenji-Hollywood-UCLA
HORIUCHI, LILY YURIKO-LACC
Hoshimiya, Nobto David-Los Angeles, UCLA
HOSHINO, MARY-LACC
Hoshino, Jessica-PCC
Hosoi, Akiko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Hosoura, Kiyoko-Los Angeles-UCLA

Ichien,Masao George-Venice-UCLA
ICHIKAWA, JOYCE TOSHIDO -LACC
ICHINO, TAKASHI PAUL-LACC
IGASAKI, MICHIKO-LACC
Ige, Helen-Compton
Igo, Florence-Compton
Iguchi, Tatsuo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Iguchi, Harry-Compton
IHA, ISAMU-LACC
Ihara, Albert Toshiro-Los Angeles-UCLA
IKARI, TED-LACC
Ikeda, Don-PCC
Ikeda, Dorothy-PCC
Ikeda, Yuri-PCC
Ikemoto, George-Compton
Ikemoto,Kiyoko-Compton
Ikemoto, Masaru-Compton
IMANISHI, MASAO-LACC
Inatomi, James-Compton
Inatomi, Nancy- Compton
Inoshita, Ruby-Los Angeles-UCLA
Inouye, Tadao Frank-Los Angeles-UCLA
Inuzuka. Kazuo- PCC
Iriye, Freddie-PCC
ISHIBASHI, WILLIAM KAZUMI-LACC
Ishiguri, Ivan-PCC
Ishihara, Shizuko-Los Angeles-UCLA
ISHII, ALICE-LACC
Ishii, Kezuo Frederick- PCC
Ishimoto, Kenichi George-Los Angeles-UCLA
ISHITANI, KIYOSHI GEORGE-LACC
Isomoto, Tadao-Los Angeles-UCLA
ITO, YOSHIHARU HARLEY-LACC
Ito, Emiko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Ito, James-PCC
Ito, Lillian-PCC
Ito, Martha-Compton
Itow, Tazuko-PCC
Iwakiri, Jean-Compton
Iwamoto, Kiyotoshi-Los Angeles-UCLA
IWANAGA, FRANK-LACC
Iwanaka, George Masao-Honomu, Hawaii-UCLA
IZUMI, ALICE-LACC
Izumo, Hideo-Los Angeles-UCLA

Kabashima, Michiko-Venice-UCLA
KADOKURA, HIROSHI-LACC
Kadowaki, James Tatsuo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kaihatsu, Shigeki Arthur-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kaita, Nancy Sakae-PCC
Kakehashi, Frances-Compton
KAKU, CHARLES NOBURO-LACC
Kakuichi, Mary-PCC
Kamidoi, Yone Thomas-Los Angeles, UCLA
Kanai, Maseo-Compton
Kanamori, Tsugi-Compton
KANASHIRO, YOSHIKO-LACC
Kaneoka, Henry-Compton
KASAI, TARO-LACC
Kasai, George-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kashima, Mami Margaret-PCC
KASHIWAGI, FRANCES-LACC
KATAYAMA, ETSUKO-LACC
Kato, Taeko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kato, Yoshie-PCC
Kawabata, Joan-Compton
Kawaguchi, Miharu-Monrovia-UCLA
Kawaguchi, Hisaye-PCC
Kawahara, Takashi-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kawahara, Yuriko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kawahara, Muriel-PCC
Kawahara, Takashi-PCC
Kawahara, Tayeko J.-PCC
Kawahara,Toshiyuki-PCC
KAWAKAMI, EVELYN RITSUKO-LACC
KAWAKAMI, LILLY YURIKO- LACC
KAWAKAMI, MASASHI KENNETH-LACC
KAWAMOTO, SUSUMU-LACC
Kawamoto, James -Compton
Kawamoto, Louise-Compton
Kawaratani, Tsutomu-Trabuco Canyon-UCLA
KAWASAKI, SUMIKO-LACC
KAWASHIMA, TORU TOM-LACC
Kawashima, Itaru-PCC
KAWATA, PEGGY HARUKO-LACC
KAWATE, TADAO-LACC
Kikawa, Mitsuo-Compton
Kikuchi, Sumiko-PCC
KINISHI,LOUISE SACHIKO-LACC
Kino, Frank Shotaro-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kinoshita, Katsu Esther-Los Angeles-UCLA
KIRA, LOUISE RUI-LACC
KITAGAWA, MIEKO-LACC
KITAGAWA, MARIKO-LACC
Kitano, Mary-Compton
Kitano, Roy-Compton
KITTAKA, HELEN HISAKO-LACC
Kittaka, Mamoru-Compton
Kiyan, (Okagaki), Tomi-Baldwin Park-UCLA
KIYOHIRO, KODAMA YONEKO-LACC
KOBAYASHI, KAZUO FRED-LACC
KOCHI, TAOTOMU-LACC
KOCHI, KIKUO-LACC
KODA, YUKI-LACC
Kodaira, Kazuko-Compton
Koike, Robert Kenzo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Koike, Ryoichi Roy-Holtville-UCLA
KOJIMA, NOBUO RICHARD-LACC
KOKE, JEANNE DOROTHY-LACC
KOMAE, KIMIKO-LACC
KOMATSU, TAKAKO MARY-LACC
Komatsu, Toshiko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kondo, Harvey-PCC
KONDO, KITAYAMA CHISATO JULIA-LACC
Kono, Margaret-Compton
Kono, Yoshio-Compton
Koyama, Yoshimi Ray-PCC
Kubota, Kikuye- Compton
Kuida, Florence Fukiko-Gardena-UCLA
Kuida, Masatoshi Paul-Gardena-UCLA
Kumagai, Yasuo Joy-Los Angeles- UCLA
Kumai,Kay Kaoru-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kumai, Toki-Los Angeles-UCLA
KURAKUSU, MAE MEIKO-LACC
Kurashige,Kiyoshi-Compton
KURATSU,SABURO JAMES-LACC
KURIHARA, MARIE-LACC
Kurisaki, Seiko Lylienne-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kurita, Nobuo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kurita, Yoshio-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kuromiya, Yoshito-PCC
KUSAYANAGI, TAKEO GEORGE-LACC
KUSUDA, HARUO PAUL-LACC
KUSUMOTO, RICHARD-LACC
Kuwabara, George Kenichi-Los Angeles-UCLA
Kuwahra, Hayako-Compton
KUWAMOTO, SETSUKO-LACC
KWACHI,ASAMI-LACC

MARUNO, TOSHIO-LACC
MARUYAMA, Y. TOM-LACC
MASUDA, MASAO-LACC
MASUDA, HIROKO MARYANNA-LACC
MASUDA, MASAKO-LACC
Masuda, Hiroshi Henry-Los Angeles-UCLA
MASUGUCHI, TSURUKO TERRY-LACC
MASUNAKA, GRACE TOMIKO-LACC
MASUURA, KIYOSHI TOMMY-LACC
Masuyama, Leroy Hisao-Los Angeles-UCLA
Matayoski, Toyoko-PCC
MATSUCHIGE, MATTHEW HANNAH-LACC
MATSUHARA, MASAKO-LACC
MATSUI, TOSHIKI-LACC
Matsui, Masao Victor-Redondo Beach-UCLA
MATSUMOTO,MARIKO-LACC
Matsumoto, Haruo Harry-Los Angeles-UCLA
Matsumoto, Jack-PCC
Matsumoto,Mitsuo-PCC
Matsumoto, Shinro-PCC
Matsumoto, Iris-Compton
Matsumoto, Marie-Compton
MATSUNO, FRANK YOSHIHIKO-LACC
MATSUO, TOSHIKO RUTH-LACC
MATSUOKA, YUKIO-LACC
Matsuoka, Fukiko-Torrance-UCLA
MATSUSHITA, KATSUJI-LACC
Matsushita, Phyllis-Compton
Matsushita, Yutaka-Compton
MATSUURA, TOKIO FRANK-LACC
MAYEDA, HIDEO-LACC
Mikuriya, Yas-PCC
Misono, Susumu Calvin- PCC
MITAMURA, NAGAKO FLORENCE-LACC
Mitsumori, John M.-PCC
Mitsumori, Yuriko Mary-PCC
Miyada, George-Corona Del Mar-UCLA
Miyakawa, Sachi-Los Angeles-UCLA
Miyakawa, Arthur Tatsuo-Los Angeles-UCLA
Miyakawa, Toshiko-Ocean Park-UCLA
MIYAKE , ALYCE SONOKO-LACC
Miyake, Tatsuo-Santa Monica-UCLA
MIYAMOTO, RIICHI RICHARD-LACC
Miyasaki, Kenji John-Los Angeles-UCLA
Miyasaki, Fumi Mary-Los Angeles-UCLA
Mizamoto, Grace-Compton
Mizote, Yoneko-Compton
MIZUE, DOROTHY MICHIKO-LACC
MIZUMOTO, YOSHIKO-LACC
MIZUNO, MASARU ERNEST-LACC
MIZUTANI, FUSAYE-LACC
Mizutani, Fusako-Los Angeles-UCLA
Mizutani, Hatsuye-Inglewood-UCLA
MONJI, MASAMI DAVID-LACC
MORI, MASAO-LACC
Mori, Mitsuko-Los Angeles-UCLA
MORISHITA, KEN KENICHI-LACC
Morita, Elsie Shiz-PCC
Morita, Yukio Richard-PCC
MURAKAMI, AKIRA-LACC
MURAKAMI, YOSHIKO JUNE-LACC
MURAKAMI, KAY KIMIKO-LACC
Murakami, Shoji George-North Hollywood-UCLA
Murakami, Keiichiro Paul-Los Angeles-UCLA
Murakami,Mihoko-Compton
Murakami, Tomomi-Compton
Murashige, Seiji-PCC
Murata, Yayeko Mary-Stanton-UCLA
Murata, Yoshiharu-PCC

NAGAHIRO, MASAO-LACC
Nagano, Joe-Los Angeles-UCLA
NAGAO,TOMIKO-LACC
Nagao, Masako-Los Angeles-UCLA
Nagasako, Kengo-Delano-UCLA
Nagata, Robert- Compton
NAGUMO, JIRO-LACC
Nakada, Paul Minoru-Azusa-UCLA
Nakagawa, T.-Compton
Nakahiro, Yayoi Mary-PCC
NAKA, RYO JOE- LACC
NAKAJI, KIYOSHI-LACC
NAKAJI, RITSUKO-LACC
Nakajima, Toshio-Los Angeles-UCLA
NAKAKIHARA, MISUKO-LACC
Nakakihara, Henry-Los Angeles-UCLA
Nakama, Tamiko-Compton
NAKAMURA, YUKI MARY-LACC
NAKAMURA, YONEKO-LACC
Nakamura, Hideyoshi-PCC
Nakamura, Shizuko-PCC
Nakamura, Eugie Yukiko-PCC
Nakamura, Isamu-Compton
Nakamura, Jean-Compton
Nakamura, Kaye-Compton
NAKANISHI, YASUHEI-LACC
Nakaoka, Kenneth Kiyoto-Lomita-UCLA
NAKASHIMA, SACHIKO ALICE-LACC
NAKASHIMA, ISAO-LACC
Nakata, Ayako- PCC
Nakata, Colbert -PCC
Nakaya, Yoshio Robert-Los Angeles-UCLA
NAKO, MARJORIE-LACC
Nambu, Takeshi-Compton
NATSUMEDA, HARUO-LACC
NEMOTO, MITSU -LACC
Niiseki, Toshiko Betty-Holtville-UCLA
Nishihara, Hisako-Los Angeles-UCLA
NISHIKAWA, HARRY HIROSHI-LACC
NISHIKAWA, YUKIYE-LACC
Nishikawa, Haruko-Inglewood-UCLA
Nishikawa, Shizue Susie-PCC
Nishikawa, Toshio-PCC
Nishikawa, Masanori-Compton
Nishimura, Hideko Nellie-Los Angeles-UCLA
Nishimura, Thomas-PCC
NISHIO, KAZUO LESLIE- LACC
Nishio, Rose-PCC
Nishio, Esther-PCC
Nishisaka, Shuichi Arthur-Los Angeles-UCLA
Niwa, Tahashi Thomas-Los Angeles-UCLA
Nogawa, Haruko-Compton
NOMACHI, ISAKO ROSIE-LACC
NOMIRA, TAMOTSU-LACC
NOMIYAMA, THOMAS TAKASHI-LACC
NOMURA, CARL-LACC
NOMURA, SADAKO HELEN-LACC
NOMURA, TAKASHI-LACC
NOMURA, EIKO-LACC
Nonoshita, Takahashi Hiroko-Terminal Island-UCLA
Nosaka, Taka-PCC
NOSE, YOSHIAKI-LACC

Oana, Miwako-Compton
Obara, Tetsuro-PCC
ODA, HATSUKO ALICE-LACC
Oda, Robert-PCC
ODAHARA,GRACE-LACC
Odano,Toshio-PCC
Ogawa, Eary-Compton
Ogimachi, Hisayuki-San Fernando-UCLA
Ogura, Kazuko Betty-PCC
Ogura, Keiko-PCC
OHASHI,JIRO RAY-LACC
Ohashi, Dorothy-Compton
Oi, Junsuke Sammy-Los Angeles-UCLA
Okada, Hiroshi-PCC
Okamoto, Patricia Hatsuko-PCC
Okino,Haruo-PCC
OKIZAKI, MARIKO SUZANNE-LACC
Oku, Lily-Compton
Oku, Tsuginori- Compton
Okura, Susuma-Compton
OMATSU, GEORGE OLIVER-LACC
Oniki, Shozi-Los Angeles-UCLA
ONISHI, MIYEKO-LACC
Onouye, Toshiko-Santa Monica-UCLA
OSUGI, KIYOKO-LACC
OTA, NAMIKO-LACC
Otomo, Merry-PCC
Otsuji, Takeo-PCC
Otsuka, K. James-PCC
Otsuke, Hitoshi-Compton
Otsuki, Henry Hitoshi-Gardena-UCLA
Oura, Ayako-Compton
Oyama, Iwao-Los Angeles-UCLA
Ozaki, Yoshio-Los Angeles, UCLA

Saisho, Hiroshi-Venice-UCLA
SAITO, KATSUMA JOHN-LACC
Sakaguchi, Noriko Lily-North Hollywood-UCLA
Sakaguchi, Minoru-PCC
Sakaguchi, Yataka-PCC
Sakai, Lawson-Compton
SAKAMOTO, TOSHIKO-LACC
Sakamoto, Richard-Los Angeles-UCLA
Sakamoto, Akiko-PCC
Sakanashi, Knichi-Lompoc-UCLA
Sakoda, May F-PCC
SAKURAI, SAM OSAMU-LACC
Sameshima, Fujiko-PCC
SANADA, MASAMI SAM-LACC
Sanada, Yukiko-Compton
Sanbonmatsu, Mitsuo-Holtville-UCLA
Sasajima, Hideko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Sasaki, Yukiye- Compton
SATO, TAMAKO MARGARET-LACC
Sato, Yuzuru Alvin-South Pasadena-UCLA
Satomi, Matoi-PCC
SAWAYA, EDWARD-LACC
Sera, Thomas-Compton
Shida, Koji-PCC
SHIGEI, ISAMU-LACC
Shigetomi, Kenji-PCC
SHIKATA, MASAHIRO GEORGE-LACC
Shimabukuro, Yoshiaki Thomas-Los Angeles-UCLA
Shimamoto, Kumao-Compton
SHIMATSU, KIYOO-LACC
Shimizu, Hiroshi-Los Angeles-UCLA
Shimizu, Kazuko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Shimomura, Yasukaza-Compton
Shingu, Keny Bob-PCC
SHINTO, STEPHEN TAKAAKI-LACC
Shirafuji, Sumiko-Los Angeles-UCLA
SHIRAHAMA, TSUTOMU-LACC
SHIRAISHI, AKIRA-LACC
Shiroishi, Hidemi-Compton
Shiroishi, Shizuye-Compton
Shishino, Atsuo John-Los Angeles-UCLA
Shoda, Sei Dan-PCC
Shoji, Helen-PCC
Sogo, Aiko Marian-San Diego-UCLA
Soraoka, Genzo-PCC
Sugasawara, Bob-Compton
Sugimachi, Mieko-PCC
Sugita, Sumire-Los Angeles-UCLA
Sugita, Yoshiaki-Los Angeles-UCLA
Sumi, Tsutomu Ben-Compton-UCLA
SUMIDA, KAIZOJI SADAKO-LACC
Sumida, Masaru Marshall-Los Angeles-UCLA
Sumida, Tetsuro Theodore-Los Angeles-UCLA
SUMIOKA, TOKIKO-LACC
Sumita, Jiro-PCC
SUZUKI, KATSUMI MICHAEL-LACC
Suzuki, Reiko Edna-Los Angeles-UCLA
Suzuki, Lucille June-Los Angeles-UCLA
Suzuki, Myrtle Mutsu-Tokyo, Japan-UCLA
Suzuki, June Seiko-Los Angeles-UCLA
Suzuki, Henry K.-PCC
Suzuki, Roy-PCC
Suzuki, Frank-Compton
Suzuki, Joe-Compton

TADAKUMA, HIROSHI-LACC
Tagashira, Mary-PCC
Taira, Sam-Brawley-UCLA
Tajima, Calvin-PCC
Takagaki, Noboru Lynn-Los Angeles-UCLA
Takagi, Sachie-Los Angeles-UCLA
Takagi, Kenji-PCC
TAKAHASHI, OSAMU-LACC
TAKAHASHI, S. VICTOR-LACC
Takahashi, M. Thelma-PCC
Takahashi, Kenichi-Compton
TAKAKI, SINKO-LACC
Takaki, Richard -Compton
TAKAOKA, SAMUEL-LACC
Takaoka, Samuel-Los Angeles-UCLA
TAKATA, YOSHIKO MARJORIE-LACC
TAKECHI, HIROSHI HARRY-LACC
Takei, Esther-PCC
Takemota, S.-Compton
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4/9/10

2010 Poston III Reunion


                                                     Photo: Block 308


                                        Photo: Poston III  Class of 1945


Photo: Mrs. Kiyoko Nakagawa, 101 years of age, attended Poston III reunion with her daughters and son.


At the Poston III reunion held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas earlier this week, the Poston Restoration Project had on display, enlarged blue prints of the living areas on camp I, II and III.

With the *labor-intensive* work of Bob Iwamasa (block 220-14-G) using the 1944 census and plotting the individual names in the barracks, attendees were seen snapping photos of their family listings on the draft copies of the block maps! Attendees added missing information to the camp I, II, and II directory being created by Dianne Kiyomoto, archivist for the Poston Restoration Project.

Many thanks to Thomas Kurihara (block 308-14-A) for donating copies of his mother's vintage photos, in addition to his more recent photos of the Colorado River near Poston III. Thomas brought in one photo with four unidentified kids and before he left,  all the kids in the photo were identified! Thomas was able to record his oral history with us.

"On the Road Back to Poston"
There were 31 survivors of the "On the Road Back to Poston" educational bus trip. We viewed the documentary film, "Passing Poston" and the silent film on the early days of Poston, featuring the Del Webb construction company. One viewer thought the film may have been an ad promoting the new construction company (Del Webb). The film was discovered among the property of W. Wade Head, former Project Director of Poston, a few years ago. The film was not labeled and had to be spliced together.




Dr. Michael Tsosie, Director of the Colorado River Indian Tribe Museum, was our tour guide, and he joined our bus at the site of the Parker railroad station, next to the current Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center in Parker, AZ. We started our tour following the same tracks used by the internees/prisoners to Poston in the spring/summer of 1942, starting with the Parker, AZ railroad station.

Mr. Ted Kobata (block 229), head of the Poston Monument & Kiosk construction, was on our tour bus and provided a brief summary of the laborious task of erecting the monument and later constructing the kiosk. Everything was hauled from Sacramento down to Poston in the hot summer.

The tour group entered the Poston Restoration Project site and was able to view the internee/prisoner-made adobe bricks used in the construction of the school buildings at Poston.



I met Barbara Burgess (pictured above), granddaughter of Miss Fredricka (Bardon) Green, former Poston III CORE teacher. Barbara is researching material for a future book about her grandmother's time at Poston, and needs information about daily life and attending school in Poston. 
If you can help, contact her at: missbagpipes@sbcglobal.net 

We continued on the journey down the road to the camp II site, and was able to walk inside the camp II school auditorium, which has an in-door basketball court. The building is in use today by the adjacent school, which was in session.

We continued farther down the road to travel a short distance along the northern border of camp III. We found living evidence of the presence of Japanese Americans. You will have to ask someone who was on the trip if you want to know what we saw.

If you have traveled out to see the Poston Monument in the past, you most likely did not learn of the Japanese-American legacy which lives on in the valley today. 

Don't worry, there are only a few of us who do know, thanks to Dr. Michael Tsosie
Next time you see one of us who were on the memorable trip, be sure to ask!