Densho Digital Archive
Frank Abe Collection
Title: Ben Kuroki - Shige Kuroki Interview
Narrators: Ben Kuroki - Shige Kuroki
Interviewers: Frank Abe (primary); Frank Chin (secondary)
Location: Camarillio, California
Date: January 31, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-kben_g-01-0009

FA: why did you feel -- and a lot of people felt this way, of course -- but why did you feel you had to prove your loyalty to the United States?

BK: Well, first of all, I was the same as the Japanese, as the enemy who was Japanese. And I knew I was different. I think the other thing, that I was so upset. I mean, I just felt that Pearl Harbor was terrible, and I think I felt like a lot of the Caucasian kids that wanted to avenge what happened at Pearl Harbor. That wasn't the main factor, but certainly had something to do with wanting to get into combat and get into the service.

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