Utaka Hashimoto Scrapbook
Date: 1945 - 1946 |
Scrapbook compiled by Mitsuyo "Mitzie" Hashimoto as a souvenir of part of her husband Utaka's World War II military service. Japan and The Philippines are the main countries covered; and pictures, letters, & examples of currency are among the ephemera saved. Utaka Hashimoto was born on 11 April 1918, in Idaho, to Japanese-American immigrant parents. He married Mitsuyo ("Mitzie") on 8 September 1943 in Ogden, Utah. Hashimoto entered the military at Ft. Douglas, near Salt Lake City, Utah, on 27 May 1944. He attended the Military Intelligence Language School in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, graduating in May of 1945. He went overseas in August 1945 aboard the troopship SS James H. Kinkaid (WSAT AP USAT-480). Hashimoto arrived in Manila, Philippines, on 29 October 1945. He departed Manila on 6 November 1945 aboard the Kinkaid and arrived in Japan on 13 November 1945. He served in Japan as part of the 163rd & 171st Language Teams, 32nd Division, from late 1945 to May 1946. The language detachment units were assigned to interrogate captured Japanese military personnel. Hashimoto returned to the United States on 30 May 1946 aboard the SS Marshall Victory (VC2-S-AP2). Hashimoto received his honorable discharge from the Army on 7 May 1946, ending his military career. Utaka died on 12 September 1969 and is buried in Ogden, Utah. more...