Robert Sugimoto oral history interview, part 3 of 5, October 15, 2007


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At Camp Savage, Robert Sugimoto reports to the Headquarters Company. When Robert joined the Military Intelligence Language School, the classes have already started a few weeks earlier. The class focus on Japanese conversation skills. Robert recalls working in a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. He shares how he is an interpreter for wounded soldiers and Prisoners of War (POWs).

After Camp Savage, Robert returns to Camp Blanding for basic training. Robert recalls training on the rifle range and receives an expert rifleman badge. Basic training at Camp Blanding is two weeks. Robert recalls a fight between the Mainland soldiers and Hawaiian soldiers. Eventually, the relationship between the two becomes better.

Later, Robert goes to Leyte, Philippines. He gets his assignment and goes to the beach. Robert reports to the Prisoner of War Camp and interrogates the POWs. He also discusses his time in Korea.



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Sugimoto, Robert: narrator, Yuge, Tim: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Robert Sugimoto oral history interview, part 3 of 5, October 15, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 18, 2024,