Nick Nishimoto (83) was born in Hilo, Hawaii. He was working at the Hawaiian Pineapple Cannery before he entered the Army in Honolulu, Hawaii. His military service was carried out from December 1948 to January 31, 1967. During his service period, he went to Pusan, Korea and was stationed at Otsu, Japan from July 13, 1950 to August 11, 1953. He served in the B. Company 35th Infantry of the 25th division as a PFC before his discharge. He was in charge of the machine gun, and participated in the Defense of the Pusan Perimeter, the break out of the perimeter, and the defense of the Chinese at Unsan, North Korea. He was imprisoned in a Chinese POW camp for two and a half years. For his commitments, he received a POW Medal and the Bronze Star with V. After he returned to the United States, he went to aircraft school for 3 months, and then went to college for 2 years. Nick remembers Henry Higa, a fellow POW, who was with him and many other Korean War Veterans. What he remembers most about the war was the burial of his buddy from Hawaii as a POW on March 19, 1951 in Pyock Tong, North Korea. Though he had no wounds, he was impacted by the misery of life as a POW.
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