Kiyoshi Arakaki

Gender Male
Birth date 1925-4-13
Place of birth Wahiawa HI, U.S.A.
Inducted , Hq AGFPAC APO 957
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type Peacetime
Unit type Support
Units served 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion
8th Army, Yokohama, Japan
Military specialty Plumber (164)
Stationed USA: Hawaii
Other Countries: Yokohama, Japan
Separated AGFPAC APO 957
Unit responsibility 8th Army Utility Co. did construction, maintenance and repair.
Personal responsibility Supervising Japanese men on jobs. The Army hired Japanese tradesmen to work for us.
Living conditions Slept in barracks with community showers.
We had rice three times a day. Japanese food and local food in mess hall.
1399th was called chow hounds (nick name).
Card games and table tennis for entertainment.
Most vivid memory of military experience I was transferred from the 1399th to the 8th Army Occupation Force in Yokohama, Japan, leaving the island (Hawaii) for the first time.
On weekends I visited some resort towns. Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Hakone, Mt. Fujiyama and many more cities.
Missed most whilst in the military Mail and news from home.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? I came out a more matured person. I did learn a lot in a short time in the Army. Discipline, responsibility and independence.

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