Interrupted Lives: Japanese American Students
at the University of Washington, 1941–1942

Nikkei Students at the University of Washington

Tad C Fujioka
Hometown
Seattle
UW Major / Department
Engr
Class
Jr
Assembly Center
Puyallup
Relocation Center
Minidoka
Military Service
442nd Regimental Combat Team
Tad (Tadashi) Fujioka was born in Seattle in 1919. He studied engineering at the University of Washington and was a member of the UW swim team. He spent his summers working at the canneries in Alaska where he met his future wife Cheryl Tatsuda. Tad and Cheryl were married in 1943 while incarcerated in Minidoka. They later had four children.

Tad volunteered in the Army and served as a military engineer in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in France and Italy. After the war Tad returned to Seattle and completed his engineering degree at the University of Washington in 1947. He spent much of his career at Boeing, where he was one of the first Nikkei to be hired in Engineering. In 1983 Tad and Cheryl retired to Juneau, Alaska. He died on June 27, 2005 at his home in Tee Harbor, Alaska.
 

Source: Obituary in the Juneau Empire, July 6, 2005; University of Washington Office of the Registrar; Personal communication with Barbara Edwards.
Bibliography and other sources:
Also see:
  • "Japanese American Vet Recalls War Against Bias," Anchorage Daily News Nov. 12, 1999, pg. 58.
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