Akira Eddie "Aki" Takemori

Gender Male
Birth date 1929-12-9
Place of birth Stockton CA, U.S.A.
Inducted 1953-11-16, Oakland CA
Enlistment type Draftee
Service branch Army
Service type War,peacetime
Unit type Support
Units served 8454th Medical Service Corp
Military specialty Hospital Clinical Laboratory Technician
Stationed USA - Fort Ord, Monterey, CA; Sandia Base, NM
Separated Sandia Base NM
Unit responsibility Operating Sandia Base Hospital Clinical Laboratory
Personal responsibility Head of Hematology Group
Living conditions Slept and bathed in permanent barracks.
Played sports for entertainment (played on base baseball and football teams.)
Most vivid memory of military experience When the Army drafted me out of graduate school during the Korean War, they wasted two years of my life, i.e. I could have received my doctorate degree two years earlier. On the other hand, the army did give me a 2-year break (probably much needed) from 19 years of schooling.
Missed most whilst in the military Graduate school.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? The army gave me a break from 19 straight years of education and gave me time to reflect on my career aspirations. I returned to graduate school with renewed vigor and confidence.

I am thankful that the army recognized and used my talents (I already knew how to do all the clinical tests from college and graduate school) instead of making me a foot soldier.

Additional information Presently (as of 1996), I am Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School. I began my teaching and research career at the U. of Wisconsin (2 years), moved on to the State U. of New York, Syracuse (4 Years) and taught at Minnesota for 32 years. To date, I have published 439 research papers and 2 non-scientific, history books.

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