Henry Muneta Interview, July 22, 1998


Henry Muneta





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Henry Muneta, the son of Japanese immigrants, describes growing up in Harlowton, Montana and how his father supported the family by working on railroad construction for the Great Northern Railroad Company. He recalls how Mike Mansfield gave the commencement speech at his high school graduation in 1943 and Mansfield’s assertion that Japanese Americans were good American citizens. Muneta describes fighting in Italy during World War Two, other Japanese families in Harlowton, and his employment at the Great Northern Railroad Company, the U. S. Postal Service, and a local bank. He also discusses the racial discrimination he faced as a child and how his family maintained Japanese culture and traditions in Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

From Far East to Old West Oral History Project, OH 436

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 436-007

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (14pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_436_007.mp3; OH_436_007.pdf

Henry Muneta Interview, July 22, 1998