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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Name</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Minoru Tamesa</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">September 11 1908</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">April 11 1964</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Generational Identifier</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n<p><a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a>\n</p>\n</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>FirstName:Minoru;\nLastName:Tamesa;\nDisplayName:Minoru Tamesa;\nBirthDate:1908-09-11;\nDeathDate:1964-04-11;\nBirthLocation:;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:Seattle;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Draft resistance leader and member of the <a href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain_Fair_Play_Committee\" title=\"Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee\">Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee</a> (FPC). Minoru Tamesa was born and raised in the Seattle area, where his family ran a poultry farm and later an orchard that became famous for its peaches. Tamesa attended the University of Washington and worked at a sawmill and at the family farm before the war.\n</p><p>With the outbreak of World War II and the subsequent mass removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, Tamesa and his father were sent first to the <a href=\"/wiki/Pinedale_(detention_facility)\" title=\"Pinedale (detention facility)\">Pinedale Assembly Center</a>, then to the <a href=\"/wiki/Tule_Lake\" title=\"Tule Lake\">Tule Lake</a>, California, concentration camp. When Tule Lake became the <a href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a>'s designated \"segregation center,\" he transferred to  <a href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">Heart Mountain</a>. There he became part of the draft resistance movement through the Fair Play Committee, at one point trying to walk out the front gate of the camp to prove he was not a free citizen. He subsequently refused to report for his pre-induction physical, resulting in his arrest and eventual trial and conviction. Along with six other leaders of the FPC, and journalist <a href=\"/wiki/James_Omura\" title=\"James Omura\">James Omura</a>, he was later charged with conspiracy to counsel, aide, and abet draft resistance, with all but Omura found guilty. He was given a sentence of two years, but was already serving a three year sentence for his draft evasion conviction. He served out his sentence and was released in 1947. Along with other draft resisters, he was pardoned by President <a href=\"/wiki/Harry_S._Truman\" title=\"Harry S. Truman\">Harry S. Truman</a> at the end of 1947.\n</p><p>He returned to Seattle subsequently, where he experienced difficulty finding a job. He eventually found work at the Olympic Foundry, a business known to be friendly to Japanese Americans. He died of leukemia at age 56 in 1964. His father, Uhachi Tamesa, who in later life became a well known pioneer Issei in Washington, started a scholarship in his name that is ironically administered by the <a href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a>.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Biography on <i>Conscience and the Constitution</i> site, <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://resisters.com/conscience/the_story/characters/tamesa_min.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://resisters.com/conscience/the_story/characters/tamesa_min.html</a>.\n</p><p>Chin, Frank. <i>Born in the USA: A Story of Japanese America, 1889–1947</i>. Lanham, Md.: Rowman &amp; Littlefield, 2002.\n</p><p>Muller, Eric L. <i>Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II</i>. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.jaclseattle.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=42\" rel=\"nofollow\">Seattle JACL Scholarships</a>. Seattle JACL website.\n</p><p>Yamamura, Susan. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2017/4/11/minoru-tamesa-1/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Minoru Tamesa: The Quiet Man Who Came to Dinner.</a>\" <i>Discover Nikkei</i>, Apr. 11–13, 2017.\n</p>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n</div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.048 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.049 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 150/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1020/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 1832/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 204/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2530-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170504211108 and revision id 24932\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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