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Reading the article on the Japanese internment reminded me of a good friend and classmate (RAL high school, 1939). He was on the back of a truck crossing the old Kelso bridge. We saw each other and waved. They were on their way to the Kelso train station, and headed for some internment location. Kuzuo Ono never responded to any class letters, but he did live in Seattle until his passing a few years ago. One thing about him was – during a break at school, a few fellows were out on the lawn at RAL and someone called him "Jap." He loudly and proudly responded, "I am NOT a Jap, I am an American." Many of our brave Japanese-Americans served America proudly in World War II, mostly in a special Army division in Italy.

Edward Hayes


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