Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 3 of 7, June 21, 2000


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Nishioka first discusses the prejudice that he saw when he arrived in Mississippi and the segregation on the buses, which he found deeply unfair. He also talks about the different things he encountered while in basic training, such as snakes, chiggers and ticks, amongst the hot and humid weather. Next, he talks about the training activities they did as they were rushed through, trying to ready them to be replacements overseas. He would train as a first scout, before his sergeant moved him up to a non-commissioned officer position. He also talks about the relationship between the Hawaiian and mainland soldiers and volunteering to be a replacement for the 100th Infantry Battalion. After this, he talks about visiting the American concentration camp in Jerome, Idaho and seeing the limited lives that the incarcerated had.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


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 3 of 7, June 21, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed October 4, 2023,