Harris Shirakawa

Gender Male
Birth date 1930-8-12
Place of birth Clatskanie OR, U.S.A.
Inducted 1951-2-13, Philadelphia PA
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War
Unit type Combat
Units served 508th Airborne RCT

5th Inf. Div.

6th Inf Div.

79th Inf. Div.-USAR

83rd Inf. Div.- USAR

Military specialty Company grade combat officer
Stationed USA - Camp Pickett, VA; Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA; Ft. Benning, GA; Ft. Ord, CA;
Separated Ft. Ord, CA
Unit responsibility Infantry Basic Training
Personal responsibility Unit Command; Regimental Asst. Adjutant; Training Officer; Special Court Martial Defense Counsel.
Living conditions All Garrison duty assignments. Quite acceptable under wartime circumstances.
Most vivid memory of military experience First parachute jump.
Missed most whilst in the military Free time for personal discretionary use.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Most significant result of military experience: attaining maturity overnight.

Inner reflections: The early recognition and appreciation of the different values from my Japanese heritage and integrating its positive aspects into my life provided a basis for achievement.,

Additional information Completed six years of college in 3 yrs. Kent State and Wharton School-Univ. of Pennsylvania.

Member of first COBOL Compiler Development team - RCA

Management positions in early space programs. RCA-GE Cape Canaveral

Vice President - General Electric

Board of Directors - Toshiba Electronic Services Co.

Board of Directors - UNICEF, Travelers Aid, International Institute, Cincinnati, OH.

Played organized ice hockey - Tokyo, Japan.

Instructor/lecturer - graduate and undergraduate evening colleges - 20 years (Ruthgers Univ.; Penn State Univ.; Florida Inst. Tech; Univ. of Cincinnati.)

Retired from GE 1993.

Current Occupation: Marketing Consultant.



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