During World War II, a 5-year-old George Takei and his family were forced by armed American soldiers to leave their Los Angeles home to be transported to various "relocation centers" across the United States over the course of three years.

Seventy-seven years later, the actor most famous for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series says the story of his internment at concentration camps due to his Japanese ancestry continues to stagger the imagination.

"I still, to this day, can share my childhood internment story with people that I consider to be well-informed, well-read people, and they're surprised that such a thing happened in the United States," Takei, 82, says during an interview at his home in Los Angeles.