Susumu Sarae oral history interview, part 2 of 4, October 23, 2005


Dublin Core


In November 1944, Susumu Sarae receives his draft notice. He goes to the replacement depot, where is his indoctrinated into service. From the replacement depot, he goes to Schofield Air Force Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Kamehameha before going to Guadalcanal to the Pacific Theater.

He recalls his first duties in Okinawa, Japan, is to search the beach for dead bodies. He describes the reactions of the local civilians and the treatment he receives from them as a Japanese American soldier. In the beginning, there is a disconnect in the language because Susumu speaks Hawaiian Japanese. Gradually, he learns to speak the Okinawan language.

Susumu is part of three uniforms. The Army, the Naval Intelligence, and the First Marine Division. Overseas, Susumu receives a promotion from private to lieutenant. As an interpreter, Susumu did not work on the translations. He credits the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) for the translations.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1923 Aug 02

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training



Sarae, Susumu: narrator, Tsukano, Lloyd: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Susumu Sarae oral history interview, part 2 of 4, October 23, 2005,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024,