Jimmie S. Matsuda
Nisei male. Born June 16, 1927, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where parents ran a farm. At the age of thirteen, went to Japan with family for a vacation and ended up staying there. Attended school in Japan and then was trained in the Japanese air force as a kamikaze pilot. Instead of being sent into combat, served as a translator because of English language skills. After the war, worked for the U.S. military as an interpreter during the U.S. occupation of Japan. Returned to the United States in the 1950s.