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I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s my grandfather under there.’”, Her aunt, Kazue, told her that her grandfather was known as “the ghost of Manzanar.”, “To this day, it seems like he’s not passed away,” Kazue, who died two years ago at 83, told the Manzanar National Historic Site. So we knew he was there.”, Entrance to Manzanar (all photos public domain from Wikipedia), In the fall of 2019, Lori Matsumura was contacted by Sgt. ), “Once in a great while, she would bring it out and say, ’Oh, this is all they could bring of your grandfather.’ And my aunt would be, ‘No, don’t show her that picture.’ It did scare me. She was buried with a lock of her husband’s hair and his name on her gravestone.

“It seems like he’s gone someplace because I didn’t see his body.” The Matsumuras, like many others, had no home or business to return to, so they remained behind.

“I wished I would have dug a little deeper and found out more stories from my dad,” she said. Lori Matsumura, the granddaughter who provided the DNA sample, was surprised when Sgt. I wished I would have asked more questions.”. Giichi Matsumura had gone on a hike with fellow internees from the Manzanar internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry when he died in August 1945. The Inyo County sheriff used DNA to identify the remains of Giichi Matsumura, who succumbed to the elements during a freak summer snowstorm while on a hiking trip with other members of the camp. Matsumura had apparently stopped to paint a watercolor while the other men, a group of anglers, continued toward a lake to fish. While working separately from the fishermen, the painter was caught in a freak summer snowstorm and died. Manzanar Superintendent Bernadette Johnson said they were "shocked" to hear hikers had found Mr Matsumura's grave last year.

she was surprised when the Inyo County sheriff’s office reached out to her to say they believed her grandfather’s remains had been found after nearly 75 years.

Kazue Matsumura said her mother, widowed at 43, worked two or three jobs, according to the oral history she gave Manzanar. His body wasn’t found for another month, and the tragedy was overshadowed in the immediate days after his Aug. 2, 1945 disappearance when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, hastening Japan’s surrender in the war.

A snowstorm moved in and, as the other men sought refuge in a cave, Matsumura was left exposed and succumbed to the elements. According to historical records, inmates would often sneak out of the camp to go fishing or for other hobbies. Log in or subscribe to read and leave comments. “It was a bit of a rediscovery,” she told The Associated Press.

“We knew where he was approximately because we knew the story of what happened. So we knew he was there.”. She also told her tales of the American tragedy that was the Manzanar internment camp.

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Mr Matsumura was given … Most of what Lori Matsumura knows of the camp came from her grandmother and an aunt who lived across the street from the little home where she grew up in Santa Monica.

Lori Matsumara, the granddaughter who provided the DNA sample, told the. Matsumura was one of more than 1,800 detainees who died in the 10 prison camps in the West, though it’s one of the more unusual deaths.

Hofer posted about his finding on a Facebook forum, describing inaccurately that the skull appeared to be fractured and the shoes were the type worn by rock climbers. Giichi Matsumura died in the war’s waning days when he was caught in a freak summer snowstorm while hiking with a group from the Manzanar camp.

In the final year of the war, the guard towers were no longer manned with armed soldiers and people were free to leave the camp.

She was buried with a lock of her husband’s hair, which had been brought to her per Buddhist custom in 1945 by the men who found and buried her husband’s body because they could not bring it back. Who is America's youngest Congressman since 1965?

In Japanese characters, it gave his name, age and said, “Rest in Peace.”.

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Matsumura was one of more than 1,800 detainees who died in the 10 prison camps in the West, though it’s one of the more unusual deaths. It was by accident on Oct. 7 that Tyler Hofer and a friend stumbled upon the remains on their way to the top of Mount Williamson.

Until she recently saw a photo of the search party, Lori Matsumura never knew her father, Masaru, had played a role in looking for his dad. While his burial in the mountains was well known among members of the camp and his family, the story faded over time and the location of the gravesite in a remote boulder-strewn area 12,000 feet above sea level was lost to time.

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According to Associated Press, the skeleton had a belt around the waist, leather shoes on the feet, and its arms were crossed over its chest. Matsumura had apparently stopped to paint a watercolor while the other men, a group of anglers, continued toward a lake to fish. Like many who endured the hardship and humiliation of one of the darkest chapters of U.S. history when more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent — two-thirds American citizens — were imprisoned because of fear they would remain loyal to their ancestral homeland, Masaru Matsumura seemed bitter and rarely spoke of camp, Lori Matsumura said. “It seems like he’s gone someplace, because I didn’t see his body.”. A top the granite stones placed on his body, was a granite column with a paper note attached to mark the site. This story has been shared 143,049 times. Kazue told Lori her grandfather was 46 at the time and not in great shape to hike the nearby lakes in Williamson Bowl, but a fishing group eventually allowed him to join … a decision that proved to be fatal for Matsumura.

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