Joe M. Nakanishi

Gender Male
Birth date 1919-9-30
Place of birth Martinez CA, U.S.A.
Inducted 1944-7-10, Ft. Benjamin Harrison IN
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type Peacetime
Unit type Support
Units served MISLS A-3 (Graduated Snelling, Dec. 1944)
Staff Headquarters, Service Group, Army, Forces Pacific
Military specialty Military Intelligence
Stationed USA: Camp Blanding, FL (442nd); Ft. Snelling, MN (MIS)
Other Countries: Manila, Philippines; GHQ Tokyo, Japan
Separated Camp Beale CA
Unit responsibility Translating military documents into English.
Military intelligence.
Personal responsibility Translator.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) American Campaign Medal
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal
Good Conduct Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Living conditions Manila: Slept in army tents, outside cold water showers, meals were good. Recreation, none.

G.H.Q. Tokyo: Slept in warm buildings, hot showers, meals were very good. For recreation, sight seeing with buddies. We obtained the use of a jeep on such occasions.

Most vivid memory of military experience We (G.I.'s) went up in the same elevator with General MacArthur and his staff during one of our lunch periods at the Dai-Ichi Bldg. GHQ and not a sound was uttered.
Missed most whilst in the military State-side (civilian)
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? War is ugly with its devastation and casualties.

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