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Title: Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto Interview I
Narrator: Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: April 30, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-otoshikazu-01-0016

TO: I remember that the local, the train. I guess there was, they tried to build things so fast that the sewage system wasn't working, and oh, it was really, really smelling around the latrine. [Laughs] I remember in the mess halls, the food was such, and I guess the refrigeration system wasn't very good because everybody had the runs and the food was horrible. I remember one of my oldest brothers, brother-in-law, he was, had to go... there was coal, either coal or wood stoves at the, in the kitchens, and his job was to go around early in the morning to start the fires in those stoves so when the cooks got there, they'd have... and it was hotter than dickens. I distinctly remember that one thing, the barracks, the temporary barracks, the floors were all asphalt. They weren't concrete, they were asphalt. And those army cots, had those steel-leg army cots. Those cots would get so hot that it would sink into the asphalt. I distinctly remember that.

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