"See, the high school I went to was largely Japanese. And they came from a colony of fishing people, and then they had also farmers that farmed the hills around the town where I lived. We got well acquainted with them. They were part of our class. But, we never did really mix well with them. They were kind of – We thought they were standoffish, but – And they probably had some thoughts about us. [Laughs.] But, the ones that were taken to internment camps – which was a bad thing – they made these people just go away and leave everything they worked all their lives for, you know…
   "They took the whole families. Their first move was to the Santa Anita Race Track where they put them up in stalls, stables, whatnot. They lived there for a while until they got a camp ready for them."
   Question: "Okay, and what did you think of that whole experience?"
   "I really didn't give much thought to it. Nobody objected to them taking the Japs – Japanese and doing that to them at that time. But it was a bad thing because they were good, loyal people."

Jim Chenault – Witnessing Nisei Internment


Other Excerpts from Jim Chenault's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Enlisting before High School Graduation
Bombing Germany from England
V-E Day
Student Pilots on the GI Bill
Flying the Berlin Airlift
Mining the Aquifer
Irrigation Enabling Other Technologies
Crop Dusting