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Takeshi Joe Kawakami oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 10, 2010
Kawakami begins the interview speaking about how he got the nickname "Joe" and his family background as his father was from Kumamoto and his mother was born in Hilo. He would attend school and grow up playing a lot of sports until the Pearl Harbor attacks occurred and he would end up volunteering for the Army. He would head over to the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu and then ship over to Camp Shelby in Mississippi to begin his basic training. After learning various weapons, he was shipped out to North Africa before being sent into combat in Europe. He would spend time throughout Italy, but especially remembers the Monte Cassino and Po Valley battles, where he would end up getting wounded.
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Date of Birth
1924 Aug 3
Location of Birth
Kawakami, Takeshi: narrator, Hawkins, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Takeshi Joe Kawakami oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 10, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 23, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052476.