Manabu Bruce Kusunoki oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 28, 2009


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Kusunoki talks about being a part of the 11th Airborne Division. He briefly discusses Fort Snelling in Minnesota. He describes several photographs that are shown on camera. He shares reasons that he served in the military. He talks about his experiences in Military Intelligence Service Language School. He describes a military assignment. He discusses the Russian's attempts to kidnap Japanese civilians. He talks about his interpretation work in Japan. He explains what his more important military assignment was. He describes his military training, including his experience with gliders. He briefly answers questions about fear of death. He discusses receiving his draft notice. He talks about a friend who was Killed In Action (KIA). He also talks about Lawrence Fuji. He describes his medals and honors. The topic of the 187th Division briefly comes up during the interview. He explains why he and others hid their Japanese American identity while in Texas. Kusunoki answers questions about any internal conflicts he had with regards to serving in the military. He shares his thoughts on war. He talks about the accomplishments of his unit during the military occupation of Japan.








Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1925 Apr 11

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service




Kusunoki, Manabu Bruce: narrator et al., “Manabu Bruce Kusunoki oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 28, 2009,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 2, 2024,