Ralph Yohitsugu Kaneshiro

Gender Male
Birth date 1923-1-1
Place of birth Wailuku HI, U.S.A.
Inducted 1946-6-22, Honolulu HI
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type Peacetime
Unit type Support
Units served Det.A, 72nd Sig.Sv.Bn., APO 317 in Kobe, Japan
Military specialty Supply Clerk
Stationed Japan
Separated 4th R.D., Zama, Kanagawa JP
Unit responsibility Communications
Personal responsibility Issued and received enlisted men's clothing & supplies
Major battles (if served in a war zone) None
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal
Living conditions Slept on bunk, had stall showers, meals were hot and served, went to USO and special service facilities.
Most vivid memory of military experience Humorous experience: One cold winter night while on guard duty, the Officer of the Day came by and I had both hands in my overcoat pocket because it was so cold and I failed to salute. The Officer said, 'Don't you know how to salute?' I said, 'Yes sir,' and saluted.
Missed most whilst in the military Freedom
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Military service builds up your character. You learn to follow and obey orders. It teaches discipline, leadership, responsibilities, physical fitness, new trades.
Additional information We were fortunate that we were not sent to relocation camps.

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