Comfortable in combat

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Until World War II and until actual combat, I don’t think anybody really knows how they’re going to respond. I know all the time we were sailing from New York City to Africa, I had my qualms about how I was gonna perform and how I was gonna do. It wasn’t until I actually got in combat that that was answered, and suddenly I felt comfortable. I felt like this is where I belong, I know what to do, I know the answers, I know everything. It’s sort of like, if I ever come close to believing in reincarnation, it was that moment, first day in combat. And so, what combat did for me it gave me tremendous, tremendous self-confidence.

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

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