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Fukuhara (Harry K.) papers
2020C16  
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Description
Harry K. Fukuhara was born in Seattle, Washington in 1920. Following WWII, he worked as part of the US Army's occupation and reconstruction of Japan, helping to establish post-war US-Japanese relations. The collection contains photos, documents, and interviews related to Harry K. Fukuhara's life and career. From high school in Hiroshima, as a military intelligence interpreter, and as a military intelligence officer during the occupation period of Japan.
Background
Harry K. Fukuhara was born in Seattle, Washington in 1920. He attended school in Japan from 1933-1938 after his mother relocated the family following his father's death. He was incarcerated at the Gila River Relocation Center (a US government-run concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII) until 1942, when he enlisted in the Army and served with the 33rd Infantry Division. Towards the end of the war, he was part of the military force preparing to invade Kyusha, Japan. After Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender, Fukuhara returned to Japan to look for his mother and three brothers. He eventually found them all suffering from radiation poisoning as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima; all survived except for one brother. Following WWII, he worked as part of the US Army's occupation and reconstruction of Japan, helping to establish post-war US-Japanese relations.
Extent
4 manuscript boxes,1 cardfile box (2.33 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Availability
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.