|Title:||Utaka Hashimoto Papers|
Fenich, Kathryn Hashimoto
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Extent:||0.25 Cubic feet, 1 item .|
March 26, 2010, (unprocessed) 1 item, 0.25 cubic feet; Scrapbook (1942-1946, undated) entitled Utaka?s Over Sea Souvenir documenting the life of a Japanese-American soldier who was serving as a Technician 5th Class, in the 163d Language Detachment, 32d Division, I Corps, U.S. Army, documenting his military service & family life during World War II, compiled by his wife, Mitzie Hashimoto, & including correspondence, newsletters, photographs, post cards, printed forms, Japanese & U. S. Military & Occupation currencies, & ephemera reflecting his service in Salt Lake City, Utah; Manila, Philippines; Fukuoka, Japan & aboard the troopship SS JAMES H. KINKAID; he returned to the U.S. aboard the troopship SS MARSHALL VICTORY. English & Japanese language materials. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 box. 1 vol. 93 p. (ca. 0.25 cubic feet) Recd 2/15/2010. Donor: George Fenich & Kathryn Hashimoto Fenich
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Utaka Hashimoto Papers (#1168), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Accessioned & processed by Shelby Sapp & Jonathan Dembo
Encoded by Jonathan Dembo & Shelby Sapp, May 26, 2010
The Utaka Hashimoto Papers consist of documents relating to the service of Utaka Hashimoto during WWII, a Japanese-American and his family life. His wife, Mitzie Hashimoto compiled the scrapbook as a souvenir of his military service. The Hashimotos were from Brigham City, Utah. He and Mitzie were married on 8 September 1943. Hashimoto entered the military at Ft. Douglas, 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 arriving in Manila, Philippines on 29 Oct. 1945. He departed Manila on 6 Nov. 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. He returned to the United States on 30 May 1946 aboard the SS MARSHALL VICORY. He received his honorable discharge from the Army on May 7th 1946, ending his military career.
The Utaka Hashimoto Papers consists of a loose-leaf scrapbook complied by Mitzie (Mrs. Utaka) Hashimoto as a souvenir for her husband. The volume contains photographic prints, postcards, newspaper clippings, currency, letters, printed forms, ephemera & other items relating to Utaka's deployment to Japan with the 163d Language Detachment, 32d Division, I Corps, U. S. Army (1945-1946). Mrs. Hashimoto labeled many but not all of the items as holograph notes. Mrs. Hashimoto pasted or glued most of the items into the scrapbook but a few are attached with corners or remain loose. The scrapbook remains arranged in its original order, which is generally but not strictly chronological. The Photographic prints and postcards record various locations in Japan and some of Utaka's Japanese relatives; others show the ruins at Manila, Philippines (1945). Notable objects within the scrapbook include handkerchiefs from Japan and the Philippines, Utaka's dog chain, a Japanese dog tag, and Japanese Army shoulder insignias. Correspondence mostly includes letters between Utaka and his wife Mitzie Hashimoto; some correspondences, letters and postcards are entirely in Japanese. The collection also includes selections from the troopships SS KINKAID and SS MARSHALL VICTORY that carried Utaka to and from Japan.
The repository has assigned a page number to each page of the scrapbook. The page numbers are at the bottom of each page inside brackets. The preliminary inventory serves as a table of contents to the scrapbook. The call numbers indicate the page number of each description.
Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.