Jim K. Shikashio

性別 Male
生年月日 1920-6-18
出生地 Shelley ID, U.S.A.
入隊した年 1941-7-25, Salt Lake City UT
入隊のタイプ Volunteer
所属・部署 Army
兵役のタイプ War
所属部隊のタイプ Support
所属部隊 Army mechanical service unit.
特殊技能 Maintenance of aircraft and military vehicles
最終目標 Stockton Field, CA; Camp Shelby, MS; Italy; France; Germany
所属部隊の役割 To provide clothing, provisions, and ammunition to front line troops.
所属部隊での個人的役割 To maintain any military transportation vehicles.
主な戦闘(交戦地帯へ従軍した場合) Rome-Arno, Italy campaign; Southern France campaign; Marseilles-Paris, France campaign
勲章・褒章(個人又は所属部隊) 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

生活状況 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.

軍隊生活で最も記憶に残っている出来事 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.
軍隊にいる間、最も懐かしかったもの Steamed rice, tsukemono (pickled radish), hot showers, letters from loved ones.
個人的に軍隊経験から学んだ最も重要なこと 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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