Near-death experience

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That’s when I was wounded in my right hand and I didn’t get back to an aid station for three days and one day got off the bandages…why I think I started to go into shock. And ice cold feeling came in my toes and came up my body and I think reached just past my navel and started at my fingertips and came up past my shoulders and I thought at that moment I was going to die. I just knew that if it kept creeping I was…I was dead.

And I don’t think I was the only one cause Chaplin Youse was there praying and crying and asking me to fight and Doc. Komotani was there crying and also begging me, you know, to somehow pull out of it, but I think they all realized that I was going into shock and that I was just moments away from death. And then all of a sudden for some unknown reason- the creeping was very, very slow, but very, very steady- it suddenly stopped. And then started to recede, that’s the only time I felt that, that this is it.

Date: August 28, 1995
Location: California, US
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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