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


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Sumio Frank Shimada was in the Regimental Reserves and carried the BAR. He recalls moving up to the combat zone, and on the side of the road, he saw blanket-covered bodies. Frank could not help but wonder who they were and who they left behind. Those soldiers cannot share their stories. By sharing his wartime story, he's telling a part of their stories for the next generation. Some Nisei veterans cannot talk about their stories because many soldiers had dramatic experiences.

Frank discusses high respect for the 442nd and the 100th accomplishments during the war. All Niseis have the yamato-damashii instilled in them growing up. He gave an example of Barney Hajiro from I Company who received the Army Commendation Medal (ACM). Franks recalls Barney's accomplishments in the war. At the moment, you don't think you just react. Sometimes the reaction is a good choice, and sometimes not.

When Frank was wounded overseas, his parents received a letter regarding his condition. After the war, Frank returned home and saw his father cry for the first time.

Post-war, Frank attends 442nd and I Company reunions. He was also active in organizations. He was a charter member of the VFW post in San Jose and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Frank also speaks at public events at the Buddhist Church and the Boy Scouts Group about his wartime experiences.

After September 11, Frank was concerned Muslims and hoped they do not go through what the Japanese Americans experienced. Frank encourages future generations to be friends with everyone. Frank reflects on an incident pre-war and prejudice. His past experiences guided him on how to treat others.



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Date of Birth

1918 Apr 21

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Shimada, Sumio Frank: narrator, Yahata, Craig: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Sumio Frank Shimada oral history interview, part 5 of 5, March 23, 2002,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 20, 2024,