Theodore "Ted" Akimoto

Gender Male
Birth date 1921-1-30
Place of birth Idaho Falls ID, U.S.A.
Inducted 1943-5-27, Salt Lake City UT
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War
Unit type Support
Units served 442nd Regimental Combat Team
MISLS D-13 (Graduated Fort Snelling, MN, Sept. 1945)
71st Signal Service Battalion, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Div SCAP
Military specialty Still Photo Officer
Stationed USA: Camp Shelby, MS; Fort Benning, GA; Fort McClellan, AL; Fort Snelling, MN;Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, CO
Other Countries: Far East Command, Tokyo, Japan
Separated Fitzsimmons GH, Denver CO
Unit responsibility Training replacements for 442nd RCT
Taking newsreels and still photos for Far East Command GHQ
Personal responsibility To assign newsreel photographers to cover GHQ requests, supervising the work of photographer personnel in making of still pictures, developing film, and finishing process. Review and criticize films before release.
Most vivid memory of military experience When taking newsreel of Prime Minister Yoshida, I had to bring along a translator who happened to be a Jewish Officer from Brooklyn
Missed most whilst in the military The men I trained with. Some of us were ordered to remain behind to train the replacements.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? We knew that it was 'Go For Broke.' We had this chance to prove once and for all that we are 'Americans' and would prove it the hard way. My older and younger brothers are buried at the cemetary in St. Avoin, France.
Additional information ASN 39915052

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