Chidori Ogawa "Penny" Reynolds

Sexo Female
Fecha de Nacimiento 1912-5-28
Lugar de Nacimiento Honolulu HI, U.S.A.
Inducted 1944-4-1, Minneapolis MN
Tipo de Alistamiento Volunteer
Afiliación Militar Wac
Tipo de servicio prestado War
Tipo de unidad militar Support
Unidades a las que sirvió 13th Air Force Hdqtrs (McDill Air Base, FL); Strategic Air Command Hdqtrs (Colorado Springs, CO); Andrews AFB, MD
Especialidad militar Base Librarian, Air Force Supply Clerk
Asignado USA - McDill AFB, FL; SAC Hdq, (Colorado Springs), CO; Andrews AFB, MD
Retirado Andrews Air Force Base MD
Responsabilidad en la unidad Servicing personnel involved in training and maintenance of heavy bombers used in Europe during war.
Responsabilidad individual Maintaining and servicing recreational library for military personnel on base.
Reconocimientos, medallas, menciones (individuales o de la unidad) Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Medal; Victory Medal
Condiciones de Vida All 3 bases had barracks for enlisted personnel w/ showers, messhalls where meals were served, service clubs for socializing, theaters where movies were shown every night, some had bowling alleys. Each had a chapel where Sunday services and choir practices were held.
Recuerdo más vívido de la experiencia militar Confusing military as well as civilian personnel regarding my nationality - Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Spanish? Anything but Japanese!
Lo que más extraño durante su tiempo en las fuerzas armadas My family in Hawaii, since there was no way to visit them during the war.
¿En lo personal, qué obtuvo de su experiencia militar? The many Caucasians in service who became very close friends, even to this day.
Información adicional I was the first Nisei woman from Hawaii to enlist - later women were recruited in Hawaii. I enlisted about a year after leaving Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Jan. 1943, but it took more than 6 months for the FBI to clear me for military service.

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