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UM-091 WWII U.S. Japanese-American Translator Grouping to a 1st LT.

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Item #8821

This is an excellent grouping that is named to Ted T. Kihara who was a Japanese-American translator and served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific. Lt. Kihara entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted man on 23 JUN 1941 serving in the Coast Artillery. After the start of the war he then entered the Military Intelligence Language School (MISLS) then spent 18 months overseas. He received his Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB) while overseas and participated in campaigns with the 43rd Infantry in Noumea, Roviana Island, New Georgia, New Guinea, and Luzon. He then came back to the states to attend OCS and was again stationed at the MISLS school. He later received an assignment along with Lt. Dye Ogata to be attached to a Canadian Military Forces Japanese Language School, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He served at the school in British Columbia in an area that had Japanese civilians evacuated 100 miles from the coast. He served there until the end of the war then returned to the U.S. to be transferred to Japan as a translator for U.S. occupation forces. This grouping is amazing including one “Green officers” Ike jacket with a bullion General Headquarters patch and one 43rd Infantry Division combat patch, one standard officers Ike, one four button khaki officers service jacket, one officers wool shirt, one pair of officers “pink” trousers, two khaki trousers, three khaki shirts, one officers Mackinaw overcoat, one khaki officers visor cap, one khaki overseas cap, one barracks bag, one M1944 lower pack, a B-4 clothing bag, and two footlockers. Also included is a small box with four extra GHQ patches, two embroidered khaki backed campaign bars, Lt. Kihara’s dog tags, a belt buckle, some reception invitation cards, and a ruptured duck patch. All of the uniforms are in good to very good condition, the 4 button khaki service jacket has a few moth nips on the waist and the visor cap has some staining and a few moth nips. The uniforms are approximately size 36S. The shirts are heavily starched but are in good condition. Almost all of the uniforms have named identification tags or Lt. Kihara’s name written inside. The two hats are a size 7. Also included are internet print-outs of information about Lt. Kihara, the school he attended or worked at and his initial enlistment information from the online National Archives Database. Together all of these items are a complete grouping for a U.S. Army Japanese American translator who served in the South Pacific in WWII, which is something that was not very common. This grouping is an excellent piece of Japanese-American history and the story of one American translator’s service in WWII. NOTE!!! Please keep in mind that this is a large group with two foot lockers so shipping will be figured depending upon your location. If you are interested send us an email first and we will figure out a shipping quote to your location!!! Or you are always more than welcome to pick it up if your in the area.

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