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Patrick Aki oral history interview, part 5 of 5, February 25, 2011
After joining the Air Force, Aki would ask to be sent to occupied Japan, instead of having to serve in the Korean War. He talks about coming into Japan for the first time since his time as a prisoner of war, and comparing the destruction he saw when he was leaving compared to the destruction that was seen in Tokyo. He would get his first assignment at Misawa Air Base, where he would end up meeting his wife while there was a parade. He discusses the intricacies of that relationship, since he was an American and she was a Japanese citizen and the long process of finalizing that marriage. He talks more about the occupation, speaking with civilians, including seeing riots and demonstrations by communists against the American government. Finally, he talks about the sharing the history of the Nisei soldiers and shares a message for future generations that they should support their families.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1924 Feb 20
Location of Birth
War or Conflict
Branch of Service
Location of Basic Training
Aki, Patrick: narrator et al., “Patrick Aki oral history interview, part 5 of 5, February 25, 2011,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed February 27, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1052531.