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MASAO


Thirty years.

He was there, on the ground, in the South Pacific, facing an enemy that looked like him. He survived three bloody battles, and he couldn't talk about it for 30 years.

 

This is his story.

Scroll down to read more about Masao...

 

SCROLL DOWN

MASAO


Thirty years.

He was there, on the ground, in the South Pacific, facing an enemy that looked like him. He survived three bloody battles, and he couldn't talk about it for 30 years.

 

This is his story.

Scroll down to read more about Masao...

 

 
 

 

MASAO: A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II

A Biography.

Order now.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at local bookstores by special order.

 

 

 

 
 
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A typical American boy...


A typical American boy...


At the age of 8, he was sent to Japan to live with grandparents. There, he learned the language and the culture. He was also being groomed for the Japanese Imperial Army.

He longed for his home in San Bernardino, California, and he missed his family.

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His family eventually joined him in Japan.


His family eventually joined him in Japan.


And after living in Japan for 10 years, and just before the age of conscription, his father sent Masao back to the United States.  Masao lived with his Uncle Tatsuo in San Bernardino, where he relearned English and the American culture.

But...he longed for Japan, and he missed his family.

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Ultimately, Masao was drafted by the U.S. Army.


September 10th, 1941. Masao leaves San Bernardino for Boot Camp.

Ultimately, Masao was drafted by the U.S. Army.


September 10th, 1941. Masao leaves San Bernardino for Boot Camp.

Then: December 7th, 1941.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor


The attack on Pearl Harbor


After Pearl Harbor was attacked, the U.S. Army no longer wanted his kind...

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Meanwhile, his family in San Bernardino was sent away...


Meanwhile, his family in San Bernardino was sent away...


His aunt and little cousin were sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona.

His Uncle Tatsuo was sent to prison. His only crime was being Japanese.

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Amphibious Assault on Angaur


Amphibious Assault on Angaur


Eventually, Masao found his niche in the U.S. Army. The Military Intelligence Service was actively seeking soldiers who spoke fluent Japanese. He was trained to be an Interpreter/Interrogator and was deployed to the South Pacific as a M.I.S. soldier.

 

He served on the ground in three bloody battles: Angaur, Peleliu, and Leyte.

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The M.I.S. mission: Persuade the enemy to come out of caves. Gain intelligence.


The M.I.S. mission: Persuade the enemy to come out of caves. Gain intelligence.


Because the mentality on the battlefield was 'The only good Jap is a dead Jap', the Army assigned three bodyguards to each M.I.S. soldier, including Masao.

 

Even with protection, Masao often wondered who would kill him: A Japanese soldier, or an American sniper?

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Read more


Read more about Masao's life in the new book: 

Masao: A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II

Read more


Read more about Masao's life in the new book: 

Masao: A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II

Order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble

or

special order from your local bookstore.

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An honorable soldier


An honorable soldier


Masao with his Congressional Gold Medal in 2011.

 

* You can listen to Masao by clicking the 'Recordings from Masao' in the navigation bar.