Gilbert Tanji

Talks about how his parents immigrated from Japan and settled in Livingston, how many siblings he has, growing up in Cressey, attending Livingston High School and Modesto Junior College prior to World War II breaking out.  He discusses farming and the Great Depression, and hearing about Pearl Harbor.  He talks about the evacuation, being sent to the Merced Assembly Center and then on to the Granada War Relocation Center.  He talks about getting out of Amache as soon as possible and working as a farm laborer before volunteering for the Army Air Corps.  He talks about his service and getting married during the war before returning to his family’s farm in Cressey after the war.  He also discusses redress and reparation, his children and starting to sell portions of his farm.View transcript and metadata.