Sachio Jack Takata oral history interview, part 3 of 3, June 17, 2006


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Sachio Takata recollects his time at basic training at Camp Blanding training to be a replacement for the 442nd. He made a few friends in the Army. However, if you were not in the same company or platoon, it was harder to build a relationship. Sachio recalls when he was in the CIC as a special agent and shared a story about examining bags.

Sachio discusses the relationship between the Marines and the Japanese American interpreters. Sachio was proud of the accomplishments of the Niseis during World War Two. He gave examples of the Gothic Line and the 552nd for being the fastest artillery group in Europe. Although it was discriminatory to have a segregated group of Japanese American soldiers, Sachio said he felt safer.

When Sachio was at Enewetak, a medical officer told him about the GI Bill and provided him with information on how to go to medical school. Sachio applied to Tulane and the University of Michigan and was accepted to both colleges. When Sachio was discharged, he started his medical schooling at Tulane.

Being in Turlock and Gila River, Sachio lost parts of his life. When he graduated from medical school, he was ten years older than his classmates. Sachio felt it was an achievement to get into medical school. All the aspects of his life have fallen into place. After completing his residency in Iowa, he went to work in Omaha for three months and then to Los Angeles in 1960.

Sachio got married within a year of moving to Los Angeles and had two sons. Sachio's message for future generations is to persevere. In high school, Sachio had the goal to attend medical school. Despite World War Two and moving around, Sachio accomplished his dream.

At the end of the interview, Sachio narrates a few items from his collections.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1923 Mar 14

Location of Birth

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Takata, Sachio Jack: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Sachio Jack Takata oral history interview, part 3 of 3, June 17, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 3, 2024,