Jim K. Shikashio

Sexo Male
Fecha de Nacimiento 1920-6-18
Lugar de Nacimiento Shelley ID, U.S.A.
Inducted 1941-7-25, Salt Lake City UT
Tipo de Alistamiento Volunteer
Afiliación Militar Army
Tipo de servicio prestado War
Tipo de unidad militar Support
Unidades a las que sirvió Army mechanical service unit.
Especialidad militar Maintenance of aircraft and military vehicles
Asignado Stockton Field, CA; Camp Shelby, MS; Italy; France; Germany
Responsabilidad en la unidad To provide clothing, provisions, and ammunition to front line troops.
Responsabilidad individual To maintain any military transportation vehicles.
Batallas principales (si sirvió en una zona de guerra) Rome-Arno, Italy campaign; Southern France campaign; Marseilles-Paris, France campaign
Reconocimientos, medallas, menciones (individuales o de la unidad) 1. Victory medal - for pre-Pearl Harbor enlistees

2. Good Conduct medal

3. European Theater medal - for participation in Europe conflict

4. Four battle stars

Condiciones de Vida Being in a service group, we slept in vehicles and on the ground. Sometimes in abandoned farm houses and buildings, where the civilians had evacuated.

We heated water in our steel helmets and took 'spit' bathes. Sometimes we would get relieved and sent into town for a real good shower.

In combat conditions, we were issued 'C' Rations for meals. Most of the time hot meals were served including rice we found at an Italian warehouse.

After X amount of days up front, we would be relieved by another unit and during our rest period, we would be given passes to Paris, London, Switzerland or the French Riviera. U.S.O. would also provide entertainment.

Recuerdo más vívido de la experiencia militar It was a tragedy to see the devastation of the innocent civilian people especially the children, who were hungry, confused and uncertain of their future.
Lo que más extraño durante su tiempo en las fuerzas armadas Steamed rice, tsukemono (pickled radish), hot showers, letters from loved ones.
¿En lo personal, qué obtuvo de su experiencia militar? I would like to say to my children and any Japanese American not to be shy or ashamed but to be proud to be First Class Americans anywhere. Our duties and sacrifices we made as Japanese American military team, leaves no doubt that we are loyal and true to the country of our birth. Exercise your vote and participate in any city, county or state programs like any other true American and everone will always look up to you.

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