Nobuo Yamashita oral history interview, part 3 of 3, October 6, 2001


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Nobuo "Nob" Yamashita volunteers for the Army for two reasons. One is to prove his loyalty as an American citizen and to leave Manzanar. He says he did not have feelings of fear during the war. His feelings are motivated by patriotism.

For his service in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Korea, Nob receives the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, and some awards from the Philippine Government for his service. The Combat Infantryman Badge is awarded to Nob and nine other Military Intelligence Servicemen (MIS) with the help of Ensign Sherman. Ensign advocated for the 10 MIS to receive the award even though they are not infantrymen.

Nob shares his wartime experiences with his son, Wayne. Wayne works for Treasury Customs Fraud Division and finds a correlation between his job and Nob's experiences with the MIS. Nob decides to share his wartime experience with an oral history because he feels the 100th and 442nd have a lot of publicity for their contributions during World War Two. Therefore, Nob wants to share his war experience. Moreover, Nob discusses discrimination against African Americans and segregation.

Nob says life is what you make of it. Live life to the fullest The best period of Nob's life is when he works as a gardener working six days a week. Moreover, after work, he visits his mother.

At the end of the interview, Nob narrates his photographs from his Army service.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1920 Sep 28

Location of Birth

Incarceration Facilities

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service



Yamashita, Nobuo: narrator, Tanaka, Diane: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Nobuo Yamashita oral history interview, part 3 of 3, October 6, 2001,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed October 4, 2023,