Allen I. "Ibo" Nakamura

Gender Male
Birth date 1923-8-2
Place of birth Honolulu HI, U.S.A.
Inducted 1943-3-1, Honolulu HI
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War
Unit type Combat
Units served 442nd Regimental Combat Team; 522nd Field Artillery
Military specialty Jeep driver for Capt. James
Stationed Hattisberg, MS USA; Italy; France; Germany; Austria.
Separated Honolulu HI
Unit responsibility Artillery fire for 442nd RCT.
Personal responsibility Driver for Headquarters Battery Commander.
Major battles (if served in a war zone) 1. Naples-Foggia, 2. Rome-Arno, 3. Southern France, 4. Northern Apennines, 5. Rhineland, 6.Central Europe, and 7. Po Valley Campaigns
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Presidential Citation (7) as part of the 442nd RCT
Living conditions 1. Slept anywhere we could. 2. Bathed only when we found water. 3. Ate K rations and hot meals. 4. For entertainment, went sight seeing and listened to music.
Most vivid memory of military experience Two of us coming in contact with 3 German officers who wanted to surrender their unit of 1,000 men up in the hills to the 2 of us.
Missed most whilst in the military Freedom, good food and family life.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? 1. Fought discrimination and proved loyalty to USA, especially after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. 2. That I and many others fought for our family's freedom and future.
Additional information 1. Experienced discrimination only once after the war. 2. Used GI Bill to complete college degree in accounting. 3. Treasurer in Development and Construction Company handling commercial and industrial properties.

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