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The Desert Was His Home

The Desert Was His Home

 
The original caption for this photograph reads: "Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Sunrise Services (Christian) were held at this center Thanksgiving day."

The original caption for this photograph reads: "Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Sunrise Services (Christian) were held at this center Thanksgiving day."

In the hot spring of 1943, a lonely old Japanese prisoner went missing from the Gila River Relocation Center in southern Arizona.  This episode introduces Mr. Otomatsu Wada and tells the story of his disappearance and of the efforts to find him.

The story is true in every essential detail.

 

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Music in this episode: "Frame of Mind" by Erik Haddad; "Kirkoid" by Shiro; "Acoustic Breeze" - www.bensound.com, "November" - www.bensound.com, "Better Days" - www.bensound.com, "Don't Fence Me In" performed by Roy Rogers (public domain). 

Photo courtesy of the National Archives Catalog

The Irrepressible Moe Yonemura

The Irrepressible Moe Yonemura

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