Getting a PhD under the G.I. Bill

Growing up in segregated schools Feeling prejudice while looking for jobs Joining the army Generosity of the Italians Animosity between the Hawaiians and the mainlanders Being scared during combat Never feared that he wouldn’t come back home On saving the Lost Battalion Coming home to his mother after the war Getting a PhD under the G.I. Bill Invited to teach at Harvard by his boss Feeling at peace with himself

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I had four years of G.I. Bill — government — and California gave an extra year, so I had five full years. And I had only one year of college so, I finished undergraduate, got a master’s degree and a PhD — all under subsidized — five years. If it weren’t for that I’d be running a…

I*: Service Station.

Yeah…a filling station now.

*"I" indicates an interviewer (Lily Anne Y. Welty Tamai)

Date: January 3, 2015
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Lily Anne Y. Welty Tamai
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

442nd college education G.I. Bill military veteran World War II

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