Jose Taijeron Champaco
It was decided then that I would be deported, separated from the public. I was attending school, but I didn’t care about school because I was depressed . . . . It was the late part of 1948 to the late part of 1949 that my parents got a letter telling them that I was going to be placed at the Umatac Colony for treatment. At that time, we were getting shots of Chaulmoogra Oil. It was very painful, it made me ache, but it didn’t do any good. It was after we arrived at Tinian that they gave us Diasone pills. I am not sure that it helped me; I continued to feel the same and my energy level remained the same, but they told me that I was cured . . . I was the first to be released from there.
-- Excerpt from oral history with Jose Taijeron Champaco conducted by Rlene Santos Steffy in 2006. Photograph and Translation from Chamorro by Rlene Santos Steffy.