Henry Hidemi Furuya

Gender Male
Birth date 1929-3-26
Place of birth HI, U.S.A.
Inducted 1948-7-2, Honolulu HI
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War,peacetime
Unit type Combat,sup
Units served 7/48-7/50: Enlisted Service (Cpl) 8309th Sig Svs, Ft Shafter, HI
8/50-1/51: Officer Candidate School, Ft. Riley, KS
2/51-5/51: Student Officer - The Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA
6/51-7/52: POW Interrogation Officer, Hq 3rd Inf Div, Korea
7/52-7/53: Translation Officer, 509th MISP, Sendai, Japan
8/53-1/54: Co. Exec Officer, USARPAC DEF FORCE, Ft. Shafter, HI
2/54-2/81: U.S. Army Reserve (retired as a Colonel) Ft. DeRussy, HI
Military specialty 9335 Intelligence Officer
Stationed USA: Ft. Shafter,HI; Ft. Riley,KS; Ft. Benning, GA
Other Countries: Korea; Japan
Separated Ft. DeRussey HI
Unit responsibility POW interrogation and translation of captured documents.
Personal responsibility POW interrogation, train enlisted interrogators, review interrogation reports and document translations.
Major battles (if served in a war zone) Korea:
UN Summer-Fall Offensive
2nd Korean Winter
Summer-Fall '52.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Korean Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars
UN Service Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
National Defense Medal
1 O/S Bar
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/2 Stars
Army Reserve Achievement Medal w/2 Stars
Living conditions We lived in squad tents with a pot belly stove on each end of the tent. These stoves did little to keep us warm during winter. We were provided army cots with air mattress to sleep on.
There was very little entertainment. I saw one USO show with Danny Kaye while in Korea.
Most vivid memory of military experience As an enlisted man in 1949, I was selected to be a pall bearer for Ernie Pyle during his reinterrment ceremony at the National Cemetary of the Pacific in Hawaii.
Missed most whilst in the military Family and old friends, especially while in Korea.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Gained maturity, enlisted as a nineteen year-old kid and left active service as a matured officer.

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