Mitsugi Miyakawa

Gender Male
Birth date 1927-2-17
Place of birth Torrance CA, U.S.A.
Inducted 1949-1-3, Los Angeles CA
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type War,peacetime
Units served Co. C, 23rd Infantry, Ft Lewis, WA; Hq & Hq Co., 3rd Battalion, lst Infantry Regiment, Ft Ord, CA.
Military specialty Clerk-Typist
Stationed Ft. Lewis, WA; Ft. Ord, CA
Separated Fort Ord CA
Unit responsibility 1). Infantry - combat (peace time). 2). Checking and filing vital correspondence between the companies and regimental headquarters.
Personal responsibility 1). Company Clerk. 2). Battalion Clerk. Typing and filing all incoming and outgoing correspondence. 3). Mail clerk and jeep driver for commanding offficer.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Letter of Commendation for competent devotion to duty as assistant to the Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry at Ft. Ord, CA; Letter of Appreciation for outstanding performance of duties and initiative at Ft. Ord, CA.
Living conditions Being assigned to Battalion Headquarters, I was given one of the cadre rooms in Company I. I had the privilege of using all their facilities, but not being under their jurisdiction, I was able to come and go as I pleased. As for meals, nothing outstanding, nothing too bad. For entertainment--movies and visiting buddies at the post.
Most vivid memory of military experience At Ft. Lewis, WA, when I was taking basic training, we had approximatelyh 40 Japanese American in the company. We had 10 out of 12 in our squad alone. Also, it rained or snowed during our entire basic training. At Ft. Ord, CA, after being recalled for active duty and being assigned to Battalion Headquarters, I had the privilege of not standing reveille, pulling KP, standing guard, inspection or any other duties.
Missed most whilst in the military Japanese food and not seeing Japanese American women
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Being stationed stateside during my service stint, I can't recall anything that was of importance to make any kind of impact on my life.
Additional information I was drafted in January 1949 and served in the Army until January 1950. I was released and transferred to the inactive reserve. In the meantime, the Korean War came about, so I was recalled to active duty in September 1950 and served until October 1951. then, once again, transferred to the inactive reserve and received my honorable discharge in May 1953.

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