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Utaka Hashimoto Papers, 1942-1946 (bulk 1945-1946), undated

(Manuscript Collection #1168)

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Title: Utaka Hashimoto Papers
Creators: Hashimoto, Mitzie
Hashimoto, Utaka
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English; Japanese
Abstract: The Utaka Hashimoto Papers (1942-1946, undated), consists of a scrapbook, entitled Utaka’s Over Sea Souvenir, compiled by Hashimoto's wife, Mitsuyo "Mitzie" Hashimoto, to document her husband’s World War II military intelligence service as a Technician 5th class, in the 163rd and 171st Language Detachments, 32nd Infantry Division, I Corps, United States Army, which was assigned to the Southwest Pacific and Occupation of Japan. The scrapbook also documents Hashimoto's furloughs in the Salt Lake City, Utah and California areas, but it focuses on his overseas service, from October 1945 through May 1946, aboard the troopships troopships SS JAMES H. KINKAID (WSAT AP USAT-480) and SS MARSHALL VICTORY (VC2-S-AP2); his brief deployment in Manila, the Philippines during October - November 1945; and in various locations in Japan from November 1945 to May 1946, including correspondence, newsletter clippings, photographic prints, black & white & color postcards, printed forms, U.S. Military & Occupation and Japanese currencies, and ephemera from Japan; also including English and Japanese language materials.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 vol., 400 items, 103 p..

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

March 26, 2010, 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 and Kathryn Hashimoto Fenich

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Utaka Hashimoto Papers (#1168), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of George Fenich and Kathryn Hashimoto Fenich

Processing Information

  • Accessioned and processed by Shelby Sapp and Jonathan Dembo; encoded by Jonathan Dembo and Shelby Sapp, May 26, 2010; Hannah Piner, 4/25/2013; description revised by Jonathan Dembo, 10/23/2013.


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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. He, Mitsuyo and their son lived in Brigham City, 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. Mitzie Hashimoto compiled the scrapbook to document her husband's military service during World War II. Utaka died on 12 September 1969 and is buried in Ogden, Utah.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The Utaka Hashimoto Papers (1942-1946) consists of a loose-leaf scrapbook compiled by Mitsuyo "Mitzie" (Mrs. Utaka) Hashimoto as a souvenir of her husband's World War II military service. The volume contains photographic prints, postcards, newspaper clippings, currency, letters, printed forms, ephemera & other items relating to Utaka's overseas deployment to the Philippines and Japan with military intelligence units, the 163d and 171st Language Detachments, of the 32d Division, I Corps, U.S. Army, 1943-1946. Utaka Hashimoto acquired most of these items while he was overseas. Mrs. Hashimoto identified many, but not all, of the items with holograph notes. She pasted or glued most of the items into the scrapbook, but she left a few loose, and attached a few with corners, or tape. The papers do not provide any detailed information concerning Hashimoto's military intelligence assignments.

The scrapbook is arranged in original order, in a single series, with four subseries, which are generally but not strictly in chronological order. The papers document the ruins of Manila, Philippines (Oct - Nov. 1945); Hashimoto's movements aboard the troopships SS JAMES H. KINKAID (WSAT AP USAT-480) and SS MARSHALL VICTORY (VC2-S-AP2); and also many early postwar locations in Japan, some of Utaka’s Army comrades, various Japanese civilians, including a number of Hashimoto's relatives, including his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Notable objects within the scrapbook include handkerchiefs from Japan and the Philippines, Utaka’s dog tag chain, a Japanese Army identification tag, and Japanese Army shoulder insignias. Correspondence mostly includes letters between Utaka and his wife Mitzie Hashimoto; some correspondence, letters and postcards are entirely in Japanese. The collection also includes selections from the newsletters of the troopships SS JAMES H. KINKAID (WSAT AP USAT-480) and SS MARSHALL VICTORY (VC2-S-AP2) which carried Utaka to and from Japan, respectively. One of the clippings, a debarkation order upon arrival in Japan, lists members of various debarkation details. The KINKAID is sometimes spelled "KINCAID" or "KINKEAD" or or "KINCADE" or "KINKATIS".

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 container list description includes the page number of each item.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Series 1:
Utaka's Over Sea Souvenir
Subseries 1:
Utaka Hashimoto; [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto; & Son in United States, 1942 - 1946
  • Box 1#1168.1
    • Folder a#1168.1.a
      • Shinto Shrine in the Japanese Sea; inside front cover [p.1] (undated) Photographic print. Black and White. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Utaka Hashimoto in military uniform, Fukuoka, Japan [p. 2] (undated) Photographic print. Black and White. 1 item. 1p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #2)
      • Merry Christmas! Post card with Mount Fuji Landscape [p. 3] (ca. 1945) Photographic print. Black and White. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #3)
      • Hashimoto, with wife Mitsuyo & son, taken on the way to Bear Lake, during and after Utaka's last furlough before going overseas [p. 4] (July - Aug. 1945) Photographic prints. Color & Black & White (1 color, 2 black and white) 3 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #4)
      • Utaka's Change of Address from 1945 until his return; List of addresses [p. 5 - 6] (ca 1946) Holograph. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #5)
      • Utaka Hashimoto in the Mountains of Fukuoka, Japan; In Fukuoka, with Doctor in Charge of Civilian Workers; State Capitol Building and "Mormon" Battalion Monument, Salt Lake City, Utah [p. 7] (1942-1946) Photographic prints (Black & White) & Postcard (Color) 3 items. 3 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #6)
      • Corridor and Main Stairways, Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mormon Temple Illuminated, Salt Lake City, Utah "where we once took a walk inside [p. 8] (1942-1946). Photographic prints & Postcard. Color & Black & White. 5 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #7)
Subseries 2:
Utaka Hashimoto Overseas from United States - Manila, Philippines - Japan, 1945 - 1946
  • Box 1#1168.1
    • Folder a#1168.1.a
      • Domain of the Golden Dragon Certificate, souvenir of Hashimoto's crossing international date line aboard the troopship S.S. JAMES H. KINKAID (WSAT AP USAT- 480) [p. 9] (11 Sept. 1945) Printed form. Color. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #8)
      • Ruins of Manila, Philippines sent by Hashimoto [p. 10 - 11] (11 Oct. 1945). Mimeographed Photograph Clippings. 10 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Hashimoto was in Manila 1 Oct. - 6 Nov. 1945. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #9)
      • Noon Position of S.S. JAMES H. KINKAID, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 8 [p. 12] (6 - 13 Nov. 1945) includes maps off the coast of Japan showing the ships location and information about the ship. Mimeographed Typescript Clippings. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #10)
      • Close Call; Obituary; Farewell by Paul S. Tinsley, Captain of S.S. JAMES H. KINKAID, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 8, No. 1 [p. 13] (13 Nov. 1945). Clippings. 2 items. 2 p., The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 8 [p. 13] (6 - 13 Nov. 1945) Mimeographed Typescript Clippings. 4 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #11)
      • Debarkation Order Number 3; List of Passengers in Debarkation Order, by Paul S. Tinsley, Captain of S.S. JAMES H. KINKAID [p. 14] (12 Nov. 1945) Mimeographed typescript. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #12)
      • Your Newspaper; ATIS Sails!; The S.S. KINDAID; Ship's Officers list; Is This Trip Necessary? [Cartoon] Tokyo; Special Service; Dear Tarzan, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 [p. 15] (6 Nov. 1945). Clippings. Mimeographed Typescript Clippings. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #13)
      • Staff; Mabel; Special Service; Noon Position; Staff; Mabel; Special Service; Noon Position, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 [p. 15-16] [6 Nov. 1945] Mimeographed Typescript Clippings. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #14)
      • Staff; Mabel; Special Service; Noon Position; Staff; Mabel; Special Service; Noon Position, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 [p. 15-16] [6 Nov. 1945] Mimeographed Typescript Clippings. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.A Price of Victory, by Thomas J. F. Quan, a cartoon showing seasick soldiers aboard the S. S. JAMES H. KINKAID, The Kinkaid News, Vol. 1, No. 1 [p. 15-16] [6 Nov. 1945]; Merry Christmas! postcard with Mount Fuji in the background [p. 17] (ca. Nov. - Dec. 1945) Mimeographed Cartoon & Postcard. 2 items. 1 p.  (item #15)
Subseries 3:
Utaka Hashimoto in Japan, 1945 - 1946
  • Box 1#1168.1
    • Folder a#1168.1.a
      • Dog Tag Chain [Military Identification Tag Chain] worn by Utaka Hashimoto during his service in the U.S. Army [p. 18] (1945). Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #16)
      • Japanese Government Post-World War II 1 - 5 - 10 - 100 - 1000 Peso & 1 - 5 - 10 Centavo banknotes [p. 19 - 21] (undated). Currency. 11 items. 3 p.  (item #17)
      • Merry Christmas! postcards Mount Fuji in Winter & After Snow has melted, Japan [p. 22] (Nov. - Dec. 1945) Postcards. Black & White. 2 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #18)
      • Imperial Japanese Government [Pre-World War II] banknotes [p. 23-24] (undated). Currency. 6 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #19)
      • Pre-World War II Japanese Currency; Draft Plan Is Bared On New ¥ Currency; Bank Funds to Be Blocked For Fixed Period - Exchange at Par; & Allied Military Banknotes issued in Japan & Italy [p. 25] (1945) Currency. 6 items. 1 p.   (item #20)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Tokyo, Japan. Telegram to Mitzie Hashimoto, Salt Lake City, Utah [p. 26] (19 Dec. 1945). Telegram. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Western Union; Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #21)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Japan, Painted Christmas Card of Mt. Fuji to his wife Mitzie Hashimoto, Salt Lake City, Utah; also Mitzie Hashimoto telegram to Utaka Hashimoto, Yokohama, Japan [p. 27] (Dec. 1945) Postcard (Color) & Telegram. 2 items. 1 p. Note: Western Union; Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #22)
      • U. S. Military Currency (Post Exchange) ¥10 Yen Banknote; Domain of the Golden Dragon miniature certificate; Japanese Army Dog Tag [p. 28] (ca. 1945) Currency, Printed form & Ephemera. 3 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #23)
      • Utaka Hashimoto with Army comrades, Japanese relatives and Japanese civilians, in Atsugi, Fukuoka & Omori, Japan [p. 29] (Dec. 1945 - Jan. 1946) Photographic prints. Black & white. 9 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #24)
      • Ruins of Manila, Philippines Collection, including image of Utaka with fellow Japanese-American soldiers and photographs of architecture [p. 30-31] (5 - 14 Nov. 1945) Photographic prints. Black & white. 13 items. 2 p. Note: 1 photographic print has fallen out of its holder and has been tucked behind another; Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #25)
      • Aerial & Other Views of various locations in Japan, including Omori, Nagasaki, Atsugi [Atsuji] Air Field, Yokohama, Hibya Park, Honshu Island, Tokyo; Japanese civilians & relatives including cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents; Cora Shrine; 127th Infantry base; Yame Gun, Fukuoka; Hashimoto Cemetery [p. 32-42] (Dec. 1945 - Jan. 1946) Photographic prints. Black & white. 114 items. 11 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; English & Japanese language.  (item #26)
      • Japanese Army Uniform Rank Insignia [p. 43] (ca. 1945) Ephemera. 4 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #27)
      • Scenes of Various Unidentified Locations in Japan [p. 44] (ca. 1945] Photographic prints. Black & white. 10 items. 1 p.  (item #28)
      • Letter written in Japanese by unidentified author [p. 45] (ca. 1945) ALS. 1 item 2 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #29)
      • Scenes of Various Unidentified Locations in Japan [p. 46 - 47] (ca. 1945) Photographic prints. Black & white. 16 items. 2 p.  (item #30)
      • Scenes of Various Unidentified Locations in Japan; also Embroidered Fabric Square [p. 48] (ca. 1945) Ephemera & Photographic prints. Black & white. 4 items. 1 p.  (item #31)
      • Japanese Parachute Fragment that Hashimoto Sent to His Wife as a Christmas Gift [p. 49] (ca. 1945) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #32)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Japan, 171st Language Detachment, Letter & Envelope to his wife Mitzie Hashimoto, Salt Lake City, Utah; including portraits of Japanese relatives [p. 50-51] (27 Feb. 1946) ALS & Photographic prints. Black & white. 1 item. 7 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; received on first anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death (11 April 1945).  (item #33)
      • 1945 Philippines. Embroidered handkerchief from Manila, Philippines [p. 51] (1945). Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #34)
      • Silk Handkerchief from Japan (ca. 1945) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #35)
      • 40 Point Men To 4th Repl. [Replacement] Depot For Processing; Flow of Airmail From States To Japan Increases; British Wait U. S. Lead on Bread Rationing [p. 53] (28 March - 10 April 1946). Clippings. 3 items. 1 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #36)
      • Utaka Hashimoto Portrait, Kakura Fukuoka, Japan [p. 54] (18 April 1946). Photographic print. Black & white. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #37)
      • Poem: To A Soldier Husband, by Martha Wright; Portrait of a Soldier, by Mary Carolyn Davies [p. 55] (ca. 1946) Clippings. 2 items. 1 p.   (item #38)
      • Letter written in Japanese, by unidentified author [p. 56 - 59] (13 April, 1946) Correspondence. 1 item. 6 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #39)
      • Letter written in Japanese, by [Utaka Hashimoto]; Envelope addressed to Mitzie Hashimoto [p. 60 - 61] (17 April, 1946) ALS. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #40)
      • Images of Unidentified Locations in Japan, including cemetery; Mrs. Watsoka, Michige, Taniwa [p. 62] (25 April 1946) Photographic prints. Black & white. 5 items. 1p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #41)
      • Kenji Immoka, Wuchide Ashija City, Japan. Envelope addressed to Utaka Hashimoto, Kyoto City, Japan [p. 63] (17 April 1946). ALS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; English & Japanese language.  (item #42)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Kyoto, Japan. Letter & Envelope to his wife Mitzie Hashimoto, Kaysville, Utah, including photographic prints of Unidentified Japanese Woman [p. 64] (19 April 1946) ALS, Photographic prints. Black & White. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzi Hashimoto.   (item #43)
      • Postcards from Japan with Japanese writing, images of Utaka Hashimoto in Japan and Masao Marrimura, Hiroshima, Japan [p. 65 - 66] (ca. 1946) ALS and Photographic prints. Black & White. 5 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzi Hashimoto; Japanese language.  (item #44)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, 163rd Language Detachment, Kyoto Address Slip; Civilian Temporary Pass issued by the office of Headquarters Commandant to Utaka Hashimoto [p. 67] (19 April 1946) Holograph & Printed form. 2 items. 1 p. Note: Japanese language.  (item #45)
      • Letter written by an unknown author (ca. 1946) ALS. 1 item. 7 p. Note: Japanese language.  (item #46)
Subseries 4:
Utaka Hashimoto Return to United States, 1945 - 1946
  • Box 1#1168.1
    • Folder a#1168.1.a
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Szama, Japan. Telegram to his wife in Salt Lake City, Utah expecting early return to the United States; Certificates authorizing Utaka to bring a Japanese saber and other items into the United States [p. 70 - 71] (19 Dec. 1945 - 7 May 1946) Telegram, Holograph notes & Printed forms. 5 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned by Mitzie Hashimoto; English & Japanese language.  (item #47)
      • Utaka Hashimoto & unidentified Japanese civilians [relatives ?] including Grandma & Views of Japan; also unidentified U. S. Army personnel [p. 72 - 78] (ca. 1946) Photographic prints. Black & White. 101 items. 7 p. Note: Captioned by [Mitsuyo] Mitzie Hashimoto.  (item #48)
      • Utaka Hashimoto, Seattle Washington, Telegram to his wife in Kaysville, Utah announcing his safe arrival in the U.S.; images of Japanese-American soldier William Shinaki & Japanese civilian Michinya Kishimoto, in Japan [p. 79] (31 May 1946) Telegram & Photographic prints. Black & white. 5 items. 1 p.  (item #49)
      • Flash! Flash! Seattle Tomorrow. Good Luck and a Quick Trip Home from the Staff of Home Run (Souvenir Issue) Newsletter of the S.S. MARSHALL VICTORY, vol. 14, no. 10 (29 May 1946) Mimeographed typescript. 1 item. 2 p.   (item #50)
      • Military Certificates allowing Utaka Hashimoto to keep a Japanese pistol & saber as souvenirs & stating he is disease & vermin free [p. 81 - 82] (2 Feb. 1946) Mimeographed printed forms. 3 items. 2 p.  (item #51)
      • Envelope with Japanese writing [p. 83] (ca. 1946). ALS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Japanese language.  (item #52)
      • Collection (undated) of envelopes, cards, and documents with Japanese writing [p. 84 - 88] (ca. 1946) ALS & Ephemera. 12 items. 5 p. Note: Japanese language.  (item #53)
      • Japanese ¥1 - ¥5 - ¥10 Yen banknotes [p. 89] (ca. 1946). Currency. 3 items. 1 p. Note: Japanese language.  (item #54)
      • [Murrimara] Masao. Letter & Envelopes to Mitsuyo [Mitzie] San Envelopes [p. 90 - 93] (ca. 1946) ALS. 2 items. 9 p.  (item #55)
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