Nisei male. Born January 16, 1920, in Dee, Oregon. Grew up in Dee, a former sawmill town, where father worked for the Oregon Lumber Company. Shig went to live in Japan for three years at the age of seven before World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, volunteered for the U.S. Army and eventually served with the medical administrative corps. After service, returned to the Hood River area.