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Internment Locations

Arrested: December 1941

Sand Island Internment Camp, Honolulu, Oahu Island

This internee was in the first group of 172 men (mostly Issei) who were sent aboard the U.S. Grant military transport ship for internment in U.S. Army and Justice Department camps on the Mainland. The internees were sent together from camp to camp, with some paroled to War Relocation Authority camps to reunite with family or transferred for repatriation to Japan. This internee was in a sub-group of First Transfer Group internees who were sent from Livingston to Missoula before being transferred to Santa Fe.

Angel Island Detention Facility, California

March 1942

Camp McCoy Internment Camp, Wisconsin

March 1942 - May 1942

Camp Forrest Internment Camp, Tennessee

May 1942 - June 1942

Camp Livingston Internment Camp, Louisiana

June 1942 - June 1943

Fort Missoula Internment Camp, Montana

June 1943 - April 1944

Santa Fe Internment Camp, New Mexico

April 1944 - October 1945

Returned to Hawaii: November 1945

Arrived in Honolulu with 450 other internees aboard the military troopship the Yarmouth.

Hideyuki Serizawa emigrated to Hawaii from Shizuoka Prefecture in 1912. He worked as a Japanese language school teacher in Kona and Hilo on the Big Island before moving his family to Honolulu in the late 1920s.

In 1941, twenty-year-old son Nobuo Pete Serizawa was working as a laborer with the U.S. Forest Service in Missoula County, Montana, not far from what would become the Fort Missoula Interment Camp, where the elder Serizawa would spend a year of confinement. In November 1941, Nobuo was inducted into the U.S. Army and served throughout the war as a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion.

Hideyuki Serizawa returned to Honolulu after internment and continued to teach Japanese at Toyo Gakuen. His eldest son, Toshio Serizawa, would become a member of the state Legislature representing Hilo.