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Mitsuki Matsunaga oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 7, 2007
Matsunaga speaks about joining the Army and beginning his training at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu. From there, he was promoted to corporal and eventually to buck sergeant as he decided to volunteer for the 442nd regiment. They were shipped out to the mainland and took a train with shades drawn to Camp Shelby in Mississippi. It was at Camp Shelby that Matsunaga found that he would be in 1st platoon and saw first hand the racial discrimination of the south. Next, he was shipped to Europe and was involved in Hill 140 despite having a knee injury. Next, he discusses loyalty to America and the differences between Hawaiian and mainland soldiers.
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Date of Birth
1917 Jan 19
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Matsunaga, Mitsuki: narrator, Horsting, Robert: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Mitsuki Matsunaga oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 7, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 3, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052387.