Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 2 of 7, June 21, 2000


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Nishioka talks more about growing up in Hawaii and his whereabouts when he first heard about the attacks on Pearl Harbor. At the time, he would be part of both the 4F Club and the Young Buddhist Association (YBA), and would be forced to black out their windows during the night. Next, he talks about the formation of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the reasons for volunteering for the Army. He would take his physical and head to Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, marching in front of Iolani Palace before being shipped to the mainland. He talks briefly about the boat ride to California and then would get on a train and head to Mississippi, seeing the vast landscapes along the way.



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Date of Birth

1921 Aug 01

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training


Nishioka, Tommy: narrator, Enomoto, Satomi: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 2 of 7, June 21, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 23, 2024,