Thomas Fujii oral history interview, part 3 of 4, September 10, 2008


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Fujii talks about his military training. He describes his unit's diversity, including GI George Washington. He discusses his journey to Korea. He talks about a rest period that he took in Tokyo, Japan. He describes the damage to Schofield Barracks. He discusses the Nisei soldiers in his unit. He talks about changes with his assignment. He describes being assigned to the 35th Infantry Regiment - 25th Infantry Division. He discusses the front lines. He talks about Heartbreak Ridge during the Korean War. He describes his commanding officer. He discusses his work as a driver. He talks about his first combat experience. He describes the battles he witnessed. He discusses a conversation he had with a Commander. He explains his role as a decoder. He describes an incident with a Anti-Tank company. He talks about the Kumwha Valley. He discusses winters during the Korean War. He describes the Punchbowl Campaign. He talks about the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He briefly discusses prisoners of war. He describes his encounters with North Korean soldiers, Turkish soldiers, and the Republic of Korea soldiers. Fujii talks about being discharged and his journey back to the United States. He discusses his military pass being denied and why he considered going AWOL. He describes a visit to Japan in the 1980s.








Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1929 Feb 04

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Location of Basic Training




Fujii, Thomas: narrator, Nakaishi, Russell: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Thomas Fujii oral history interview, part 3 of 4, September 10, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 23, 2024,