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Horace Nakamura oral history interview, part 4 of 6, February 24, 2001
Nakamura talks about his finishing with Japanese language courses in Monterey and his quick furlough in Hawaii to spend some time with his family and prepare to go overseas. He would head overseas, stopping in multiple countries en route to Yokohama. He would eventually arrive at Camp Zama and head to Tokyo. On his way, he would notice the complete devastation of Tokyo and see the poor living conditions of the local civilians. While in occupied Japan, he would be involved with interrogations and translations of prisoners of war, some of them being caught for engagement in the black market. After this, he talks about his travels through Japan, seeing family in Hiroshima and Fukuoka and trying to speak with the Japanese civilians but often not being understood well enough.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1927 Jan 29
Location of Birth
Branch of Service
Entrance into Service
Location of Basic Training
Nakamura, Horace: narrator, Tagami, Steve: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Horace Nakamura oral history interview, part 4 of 6, February 24, 2001,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed October 4, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1051284.