Sumio Frank Shimada oral history interview, part 4 of 5, March 23, 2002


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Sumio Frank Shimada recalls being under artillery fire from the German soldiers in Italy several times. Frank said the German 88 was a scary weapon. Besides the German 88, the Germans also used bouncing betty and minefields as their defensive assets. Experiencing close encounters with death, Frank discusses fate and when your number is up in war.

While on patrol, Frank was wounded by a grenade and recuperated in Rome. After four months, Frank was discharged from the hospital and reclassified into limited service. Frank's new assignment was assisting the Supply Sergeant in Marseilles, France.

On January 15, 1946, Frank was discharged and arrived in New York. He describes his feelings of seeing the Statue of Liberty and understanding what she represents.



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Date of Birth

1918 Apr 21

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Location of Basic Training


Shimada, Sumio Frank: narrator, Yahata, Craig: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Sumio Frank Shimada oral history interview, part 4 of 5, March 23, 2002,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 21, 2024,