- October 18 & 25, 1978
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Key Kobayashi (March 11, 1922 – November 15, 1992) was born in Fresno, CA to parents of pure Japanese descent. He attended the University of California, Berkley, but withdrew in April of 1942 when he and his family were sent to the Gila River War Relocation Center, a Japanese internment camp during World War Two. They remained there until 1944. He then attended the Missouri School of Mines before being drafted and attending the Military Intelligence Service Language School, where he trained to be a translator of text. In 1945, he was assigned to serve with the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, stationed in Manila and then Japan. When he arrived in Japan, he transferred to the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC), becoming an officer stationed in Korea and Japan until his discharge in 1948. He returned to Berkeley, studying political science and then attended Columbia University before being recalled back into service in 1951 with the CIC, stationed to serve in Korea, where he remained until June of 1952 and then in Japan until 1954. Since then, he has gone on to work for the Library of Congress. In 1992, Key Kobayashi passed away at the age of 70.