Defense Plant

Working on the Home Front

"Take it easy!"

"So I went and started working for this defense plant, and I worked there for about three months...It used to be a bicycle shop and they made it into a defense plant...

I don’t know what the radar parts were that they were making, and that’s all I know. Just pieces here and there...radar equipment...

I guess I would say I was a hard worker...Where I worked, I worked so hard the managers told me, 'Take it easy! You’re making it look bad for the other guys,’ so I used to just take it easy."

Editor's note: After he was rejected by the Army for being Japanese, Jimmy Doi traveled to Chicago because his sister and brother-in-law lived there. There, he took the job in the defense plant building parts for radar systems.