Peter Fukasawa oral history interview, part 4 of 5, August 25, 2001


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Fukasawa discusses living off the land and surviving off the rations. In the rations there are meat, eggs, can vegetates, rice and bread. The Caucasian soldiers did not want the rice, therefore he is able to have a good amount of rice to eat. In Dachau, he recalls how hungry the people are and the instructions not to feed the people. However they were able to get the rations from the truck.

During the war, in order for Headquarters to communicate with the 522nd Artillery Field Battalion, they would use fort observers. The fort observers are use as the go between to get orders from Firing Center to get coordinates to set up the 105mm Howitzer.

In the Lost Battalion rescue the 522nd Artillery Field Battalion supplied the ammunition to the US troops. They also fired propaganda written in German to the German soldiers. Fukasawa recalls the many casualties from the Lost Battalion Campaign and trucks that was loaded full of bodies.

When the war ends, he remains in Europe for occupation. As a truck driver his duty to transport the Prisoners of War. He did this for a week. Fukasawa also works in a reception center and goes to school in Munich. Months later, Fukasawa gets orders to return home. He recalls going home on a troopship and the soldiers getting seasick. He lands in New York and gets discharge in Chicago.








Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1915 Jul 10

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training




Fukasawa, Peter: narrator, Inouye, Jason: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Peter Fukasawa oral history interview, part 4 of 5, August 25, 2001,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 20, 2024,