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George Oiye was born in Basin Creek, Montana on February 19, 1922. His father was a farmer and cement factory worker and his mother was a housewife. Oiye attended Three Forks Consolidated High School and was a football quarterback. He then attended Montana State College where he joined the ROTC.
He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corp and instead got drafted into the infantry in May 1943. In the 522nd, he served as a section chief and forward observer. Oiye took several photographs of the Holocaust survivors when the 522nd helped to liberate the sub-camps at Dachau.
He lives in San Jose, CA and has four children.