Charles Toyoji Ijima oral history interview, part 2 of 4, April 11, 2007


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Charles “Charley” Touoji Ijima goes to Schofield Barracks before going to the mainlands. He receives his basic training at Camp Shelby. He learns how to build different types of bridges and lay mines. At Camp Shelby, Charley describes his first time witnessing discrimination and the 92nd division.

The 232nd demographic is composed of Nisei from the Hawaii National Guard roster, transfer soldiers from the mainland, and 442nd. Charley shares stories from the Gothic Line and the rescue of the Lost Battalion in France.

Although Charley is in the 232nd Engineering Company, he says it is rare for an engineer to encounter combat. He recalls two separate incidents when he faces German soldiers in Italy doing reconnaissance work.



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Date of Birth

1925 Jan 08

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Ijima, Charles Toyoji: narrator, Yamagami, Don: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Charles Toyoji Ijima oral history interview, part 2 of 4, April 11, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 23, 2024,