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Nozawa, George Goro

Biography:


George Goro Nozawa was born on May 9, 1922, in Astoria, Oregon, to Keiji and Kesayo Nozawa, who worked on farms throughout the West. He had three older sisters. The 1930 Census shows the family lived in San Francisco, but by 1940 they were living in Tulare in California’s Central Valley, where Kesayo Nozawa died on March 29, 1940. The Nozawa family was sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center on May 28, 1942, and they arrived in Heart Mountain on September 13, 1942. They lived in apartment 23-2-E. Nozawa answered No to Question 27 and Yes to Question 28 of the 1943 loyalty questionnaire. After he failed to appear for this induction physical, Nozawa was arrested on November 30, 1944. He was in the second group of Heart Mountain draft resisters to be tried. They were convicted in July 1945, and he was sentenced to two years in prison at McNeil Island, Washington, from which he was released in 1946. He was pardoned by President Harry Truman on December 24, 1947. After the war, Nozawa returned to Mountain View, California, and married Fusaye Kadoguchi on November 4, 1956. George Goro Nozawa died on April 21, 2008, in Mountain View.

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