James (Jim) Hidefumi Mukoyama, Jr.

Gender Male
Birth date 1944-8-3
Place of birth Chicago IL, U.S.A.
Inducted 1964-10-13, Champaign IL
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War,peacetime
Unit type Combat
Units served Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA; 1st Bn, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Div. Korea; S-1, 1st Bn., 23rd Infantry; S-1, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Div.; Assist. Sec. to the General Staff, Training Center, Ft. Lewis, WA; Administrative Assistant to the DCG, Ft. Lewis, WA; Commander, Company A, 4th Bn. 3d AIT Brigade, Ft. Lewis, WA; (Active duty) - Commander, Company B, 4th Bn., 39th Infantry, 9th Div. Vietnam; Operations Officer, II Corps, Vietnam; G-3 Plans Advisor, II Corps, Vietnam; Staff Officer, DPCA, USAG, Ft. Sheridan, IL.
Military specialty Infantry, Airborne
Stationed USA - Ft. Benning, GA, Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Sheridan, IL; Republic of Korea; Republic of Vietnam
Separated Arlington Heights IL
Unit responsibility Combat patrolling on de-militarized zone, Republic of Korea; combat in Mekong Delta, vietnam.
Personal responsibility Infantry officer, commanded a company in Vietnam; commanded a division for Desert Storm.
Major battles (if served in a war zone) 9th Division Mekong Delta Campaigns May - Aug '69.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Silver Star; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal with 'V' Device and Two Oak Leaf Clusters; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with 'V' Device and 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Deployment Training Ribbon; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Parachutist Badge; Aircrewman Badge; Expert Marksmanship Badge - M16; Two Overseas Bars
Living conditions Korea - Lived in metal Quonset huts in an isolated company compound in the de-militarized zone. Vietnam - Four months in the field as a company commander. Operated from a battalion fire support base. Took showers at base camp from overhead 50-gallon drums. Eight months at II Corps Headquarters in Pleiku (Central Highlands). Relatively comfortable living conditions with 2-man rooms and indoor showers.
Most vivid memory of military experience 1. Learning about intra-Japanese American animosity between Hawaiian and mainland (West Coast) Japanese-Americans 2. Very few incidents of racial prejudice, although a vivid one during officers basic course at Ft. Benning, GA where all of the oriental students in my command were assigned the task of carrying the heaviest weapons. 3. Highlights: commanding an infantry company in combat; being the first oriental to command a division in our Army's history.
Missed most whilst in the military Japanese food, specifically rice.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? That freedom is not free; that we all need to serve our nation in some capacity; and that democracy is a reality in terms of equal opportunity (I was able to attain the highest rank possible in the Army Reserve).
Additional information General Mukoyama was the youngest General Officer in the entire United States Army in 1987 and subsequently the youngest Major General when he received his second star three years later. In 1989, he became the first Asian-American in the history of the United States to command an Army division. His division, the 70th Training Division, located in the states of Michigan and Indiana, was the first Army Reserve Training Division ever to be mobilized at Fort Benning, Georgia, when it was called to participate in Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. In less than 76 hours, 1500 of his soldiers were on active duty at Fort Benning. In 1993, General Mukoyama founded the Army Reserve Association, or ARA, the sole non-profit professional organization representing the 1.2 million U.S. Army Reservists world-wide with membership inclusive of soldiers and army civilian employees of all grades. As the ARA's elected President, Mukoyama has testified before the U.S. Congress and participated in the Normandy 50th Anniversary D-Day observances. In civilian life, General Mukoyama has been in the securities industry for over two decades and is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He is presently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Regal Discount Securities, a national deep discount stock brokerage firm in Chicago. General Mukoyama is active in mumerous veterans and community organizations and serves on national boards. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America.

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