Staff Sergeant George Oiye was born on February 19, 1922 in a log cabin at a gold mining camp near Basin Creek, Montana. It
was forty below zero on the continental divide and his Japanese-born parents and two older sisters had fifty cents to live
on for the winter. The nearest store was seven miles away and was a twelve-hour trip on homemade snowshoes. They lived there
for two years before moving to Helena, Montana to work in the Northern Pacific Railroad round-house; from there they moved
to Trident, Montana, at the headwaters of the Missouri River, to work in a cement factory. George went to grammar school at
Trident and high school at Three Forks, seven miles away. In 1938 his parents bought a small 23-acre truck farm at Logan,
Montana, where they lived for the next fifty years.
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