Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 5 of 7, June 21, 2000


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Nishioka talks more about his combat experiences in Sassetta, where the regiment would be involved in heavy house-to-house combat. He explains the differences between artillery shells and mortar shells and how he was wounded in action by a mortar shell. Once wounded, he would make it off the battlefield and be sent to a hospital in Rome for an operation. However, once the doctor looked at the X-Ray, he decided that he could not get surgery and instead sent him back to the United States. His first reaction was that he didn't want to leave his friends that were fighting the war still but in the end would need to go back. He talks about war time experiences such as seeing a casualty for the first time and soldiers getting shell shock on the front lines.



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Date of Birth

1921 Aug 01

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

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Nishioka, Tommy: narrator, Enomoto, Satomi: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Tommy Nishioka oral history interview, part 5 of 7, June 21, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 23, 2024,