Victory Corps Work during World War II

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When in Hilo, the different thing was that everybody had to do some kind of work. So we spent…I spent in my junior year half a day going to school in Honomu and half a day doing Victory Corps Work. Everybody was supposed to do Victory Corps Work.

I*: Victory Corps Work? What did that mean?

Anything that had to do with helping the war effort. So on the plantation, they asked us to go and work on the plantation. And because my dad has his own fields, our family, we worked, we helped my mother weed in the cane land. Whereas many of the…all my friends had to go to the plantation camp fields and work in their fields. So those are things that they had asked us to do as part of the war efforts.

* “I” indicates an interviewer (Akemi Kikumura-Yano).

Date: May 31, 2006
Location: Hawai‘i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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