Leora Hirose, Hawaii
Sat 12/15/2018, 11:00 PM
Dear Mr. Santos,
My name is Leora Hirose. Upon receiving your email, I promptly purchased your book. It came in no time, and I finished it in two nights. It is a marvelous book and you ought to be very proud of it. Growing up in Hawaii, we didn't have to go to camp, but I knew some of the racial discrimination. Since I like history, this book mentioned some of the places both in California and in Japan. I am familiar with the Dai-Ichi building for this was McArthur's headquarters after the war. My father, Y. baron Goto, was involved with some sort of intelligence for the U.S. army and was stationed in Japan a little while after the war. I really don't know what he did, but he had pictures of various places.
As I was reading, I was shocked to see Frank Hachiya's name. My father was on the Emergency Service Committee, which I think was a go between the community and the army. Anyway, they always met at the YMCA and one day Dad saw some nisei soldiers and found out that they were from California. He, being a friendly person, invited them to come to our house. Among this group was Frank. These soldiers then made our house their R and R home and came back many times when they were on leave. I remember Frank was such quiet person, but always had time for me (I was about 6 or 7 at the time). I still remember the last time he was home. He told my Mom that in case he didn't return, to send the things he left with her to his Dad in Hood River. I remember my Mom telling him, that he shouldn't talk like that and that he would return and we will be waiting for him. Many years later, when I was going to be a freshman in high school, we did go to Hood River to pay our respects.
Mr. Santos, I would like to meet you and personally thank you for the wonderful book.