Roy Ebihara

Roy Usaku Ebihara, O.D. was born in Clovis, New Mexico on January 11, 1934 in a family with ten siblings.  His father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and they lived in a “Japanese Camp” on the railroad property.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor, a vigilante group held them in detention in the mountainous area of Southwest New Mexico, followed by incarceration at Topaz, and eventually his family resettled in Cleveland, Ohio.  He served in the U.S. Army for two years immediately post Korean War.  He earned a Doctors Degree in Optometry at the Ohio State University and practiced optometry in Cleveland. Ebihara is now retired, but involved in numerous community services including the Cleveland JACL.

Updated June 2008

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Exodus -- Clovis, New Mexico

Sunday December 7, 1941, started out as a nice day. The sunlight was streaming through the bedroom window; I didn’t want to get up and go to Sunday school. I suppose it was close to 10:00 a.m. when my father startled everyone by shouting with excitement to my mother. Father always tuned in Radio Hawaii every Sunday a.m. on his shortwave Philco radio. We all rushed to the living room to see what the commotion was all about. He said that Japanese warplanes were attacking Pearl Harbor at this very moment. I did not understand or comprehend the significance of all of this. We didn’t g…

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