Moffet Ishikawa oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 18, 2010


Dublin Core


Ishikawa discusses the forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War Two; discrimination against Asian Americans; provides some thoughts regarding citizenship and loyalty; and discusses his experiences at Fort Riley including what happened when President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited and witnessing a military funeral. He then talks about his participation in Military Intelligence Service (MIS) including the classes he took; discusses the director of MIS, John Aiso; and provides some thoughts about his translation assignments and Kibei translators. Next, Ishikawa talks about going into town while at Fort Riley and discusses the civilians he met; provides some thoughts regarding his American citizenship and race; and discusses his parents' forced removal to Heart Mountain Concentration Camp and his experiences while visiting them there. Ishikawa also talks about his experiences while overseas in the South Pacific including a story while he was part of a language pool in New Caledonia; his assignment replacing marines in Guadalcanal; discussing the weapons he carried; and what a mop-up operation entails. Lastly, Ishikawa continues to talk about his overseas assignment in the South Pacific and discusses retrieving captured documents; Japanese POWs; traveling to the Philippines and experiencing air raids; and his experiences after landing in the Philippines.






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Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1918 Apr 02

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training





Ishikawa, Moffet: narrator et al., “Moffet Ishikawa oral history interview, part 2 of 3, March 18, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 15, 2024,