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Shutaro Matsumura, a 54-year-old Issei assessed Manzanar a year after it opened: “Camp life is creating people with lazy habits, people without initiative or incentive. Working conditions are not strict and favor indolent and slovenly work.” During his three and a half years at Manzanar, Matsumura worked in the mattress factory, housing department, agriculture section, and finally, as a policeman in the Internal Security division. He earned the respect of his Caucasian supervisors for his superior work ethic and dedication to helping his community, despite very low pay.
Location:5001 Hwy. 395 Independence,California 93526