Shigeru Nakamura oral history interview, part 1 of 2, December 9, 2007


Dublin Core


Shigeru Nakamura and the interviewers introduce themselves. He talks about his nickname. He discusses his parents immigration to the United States. He describes his father's career. He talks about a trip that he took to Japan when he was a child. He describes what life was like on a plantation. He briefly discusses his siblings. He talks about the extent that he traveled throughout Hawaii. He discusses his Japanese identity and values. He describes his experiences in Japanese language school. He talks about a Hawaiian dance. He discusses his life in Okinawa, Japan. He describes his educational background. He talks about the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He explains why he volunteered for the military. He discusses Camp Shelby. He gives an overview of his combat experiences. Nakamura talks about the Lost Battalion. He describes his relationship with Mainland soldiers. He discusses what he did in his leisure time. He briefly talks about his stay in Virginia. He describes his journey to Europe and landing in Italy. He discusses a military reunion that led him back to Europe. He talks about his combat experiences in Bruyeres, France. He describes the Gothic Line. He discusses the end of World War Two. He discusses Dachu Concentration Camp. Nakamura describes several photographs shown on camera.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1921 Aug 14

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training




Nakamura, Shigeru: narrator, Mizouchi, J.: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Shigeru Nakamura oral history interview, part 1 of 2, December 9, 2007,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 24, 2024,