James Masao "Jim or James" Sakamoto

Sexo Male
Fecha de Nacimiento 1921-2-10
Lugar de Nacimiento Gilroy CA, U.S.A.
Inducted 1944-8-11, Phoenix AR
Tipo de Alistamiento Draftee
Afiliación Militar Army
Tipo de servicio prestado War
Tipo de unidad militar Combat
Unidades a las que sirvió U.S. Army - Armed Forces Western Pacific (from ATIS)
Especialidad militar Interpreter; Rifleman
Asignado USA - Camp Blanding, FL; Ft. Snelling, MN; Philippines; Japan
Retirado Camp Zama, Kanagawa JP
Responsabilidad en la unidad Part of U.S. Army Military Police Unit which provided security of Luzon Prisoner War Camp.
Responsabilidad individual Interpreter/interrogator
Reconocimientos, medallas, menciones (individuales o de la unidad) Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon; Army of Occupation Ribbon - Japan; Meritorious Service Unit Plaque; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; WWII Victory Medal
Condiciones de Vida In the Philippines - canvas squad tent - outdoor shower - outhouse. Mostly field type meals and not much entertainment except what was provided by the Army Social Service - if time premitted.
Recuerdo más vívido de la experiencia militar 16 weeks of Camp Snelling Language School was inadequate for the work that was required in the field (Philippines). The hate of things Japanese transmitted into personal feeling, thus the Japanese prisoner suffered. Also the U.S. Army leader whom I came into contact with felt that I was very qualified and at one point asked me to translate a 'Sosho' writing which was impossible for me, but as ordered I did translate that diary with 'help' - turned out to be Japanese poems!
Lo que más extraño durante su tiempo en las fuerzas armadas Japanese food
¿En lo personal, qué obtuvo de su experiencia militar? That military tells you to do the impossible! Also that my association with the Japanese P.O.W.s saying 'To the victors goes the spoils' was so true. Hate precludes fair and sound judgement.
Información adicional Because of internment - anger and the way we were treated, blocks out memories. I still do not remember how I travelled from Poston, AR to Ft. Douglas, UT (In reporting for military service.)

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