Shoichi Kimura oral history interview, part 2 of 3, October 14, 2007


Dublin Core


Kimura would graduate from high school at the young age of 16 and would move out on his own to Waimea in Kauai. He would continue playing baseball and football, but would also work as a carpenter. Next, while practicing for an upcoming baseball game, he would hear about the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Not long after that, he would volunteer for the Army, hearing about the 100th Infantry already drafted. He would head to Schofield Barracks in Honolulu and then to Camp Shelby on the mainland to begin his basic training. While in the south, he immediately saw the racial segregation, at times being called names and being asked to sit at the back of the bus. He would also travel around while taking passes, seeing places like New Orleans and Chattanooga. He also talks about the conflicts between mainland and Hawaiian soldiers and seeing the American concentration camps. Next, he discusses the german weapons that he would have to learn about before being shipped to Europe. He would ship out to Naples in Italy but would first take a furlough and see New York City.






Spatial Coverage




Kimura, Shoichi: narrator, Yuge, Tim: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Shoichi Kimura oral history interview, part 2 of 3, October 14, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024,