Chidori Ogawa "Penny" Reynolds

Sexo Female
Birth date 1912-5-28
Local de nascimento Honolulu HI, U.S.A.
Inducted 1944-4-1, Minneapolis MN
Tipo de alistamento Volunteer
Ramo das Forças Armadas Wac
Tipo de serviço War
Tipo de Unidade Support
Unidades onde serviu 13th Air Force Hdqtrs (McDill Air Base, FL); Strategic Air Command Hdqtrs (Colorado Springs, CO); Andrews AFB, MD
Military specialty Base Librarian, Air Force Supply Clerk
Stationed USA - McDill AFB, FL; SAC Hdq, (Colorado Springs), CO; Andrews AFB, MD
Separated Andrews Air Force Base MD
Unit responsibility Servicing personnel involved in training and maintenance of heavy bombers used in Europe during war.
Personal responsibility Maintaining and servicing recreational library for military personnel on base.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Medal; Victory Medal
Living conditions 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.
Most vivid memory of military experience Confusing military as well as civilian personnel regarding my nationality - Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Spanish? Anything but Japanese!
Missed most whilst in the military My family in Hawaii, since there was no way to visit them during the war.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? The many Caucasians in service who became very close friends, even to this day.
Additional information 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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