Fred Matsumura Segment 6

Memories of growing up on Molokai, Hawaii: attending school, participating in sports (ddr-densho-1000-46-1) - 00:03:36
Parents' backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-46-2) - 00:03:31
Fond memories of growing up on Molokai, Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-46-3) - 00:02:10
Growing up on an island which was a former leper colony (ddr-densho-1000-46-4) - 00:01:32
Working after graduating from high school (ddr-densho-1000-46-5) - 00:00:59
Reporting to the armory: guarding Molokai against possible invasion (ddr-densho-1000-46-6) - 00:02:20
Community responses to Pearl Harbor: no animosity towards Japanese Americans in Hawaii; FBI pick-ups (ddr-densho-1000-46-7) - 00:01:52
The call for volunteers: joining up with the U.S. Army (ddr-densho-1000-46-8) - 00:03:04
First impressions of the mainland United States (ddr-densho-1000-46-9) - 00:02:13
The long trip to Camp Shelby for basic training (ddr-densho-1000-46-10) - 00:04:05
Meeting the mainland Japanese Americans at Camp Shelby (ddr-densho-1000-46-11) - 00:01:55
Becoming a leader (ddr-densho-1000-46-12) - 00:01:09
Memories of Camp Shelby and basic training: good friends (ddr-densho-1000-46-13) - 00:02:13
Difficult parts of basic training (ddr-densho-1000-46-14) - 00:02:22
Moving out: the trip overseas (ddr-densho-1000-46-15) - 00:02:59
Meeting up with the 100th Infantry Battalion in Italy (ddr-densho-1000-46-16) - 00:01:31
Memories of the first few days of fighting (ddr-densho-1000-46-17) - 00:02:58
Coping with combat (ddr-densho-1000-46-18) - 00:04:56
(ddr-densho-1000-46-19) - 00:00:27
Battle of the "Lost Battalion" (ddr-densho-1000-46-20) - 00:02:28
Recollection of the events leading to the court-martial of Shiro Kashino (ddr-densho-1000-46-21) - 00:03:20
Shiro Kashino's wartime court-martial: refusing to "squeal on a buddy..." (ddr-densho-1000-46-22) - 00:02:40
Being held in company confinement -- except to go in to combat (ddr-densho-1000-46-23) - 00:03:31
Leading men into combat (ddr-densho-1000-46-24) - 00:01:44
Description of Shiro Kashino (ddr-densho-1000-46-25) - 00:04:29
The "Champagne Campaign" (ddr-densho-1000-46-26) - 00:02:21
Memories of combat (ddr-densho-1000-46-27) - 00:03:47
Breaking the Gothic line (ddr-densho-1000-46-28) - 00:02:40
The difficulties of losing fellow soldiers (ddr-densho-1000-46-29) - 00:02:42
A quick military trial with no legal counsel: "Shanghaied" (ddr-densho-1000-46-30) - 00:04:10
(ddr-densho-1000-46-31) - 00:02:58
Personal reactions to the court martial (ddr-densho-1000-46-32) - 00:03:12
Efforts to overturn the conviction(s) and forgetting the past (ddr-densho-1000-46-33) - 00:03:53
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-46-34) - 00:02:53
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Reporting to the armory: guarding Molokai against possible invasion

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews. Beverly Kashino, one of the interviewers, is Shiro and Louise Kashino's daughter.

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July 2, 1998

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Fred Matsumura

Fred Matsumura Interview

01:32:40 — 34 segments

July 2, 1998

Honolulu, Hawaii

Nisei male, born April 14, 1923, on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit as a Sergeant and Assistant Squad Leader. Later, he and three others in his unit had their rank reduced to Private after being court-martialed for alleged involvement in a fight with an army military police officer (MP). Mr. Matsumura passed away on January 31, 2009.

In this interview the narrator discusses his memories of growing up on the island of Molokai, fighting in Europe with the 442nd, and his erroneous court-martial and subsequent time in company confinement.

(This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews. Beverly Kashino, one of the interviewers, is Shiro and Louise Kashino's daughter.)

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Beverly Kashino, interviewer; Matt Emery, videographer

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