World War II veteran, 99, recounts experience that earned his first Purple Heart distinction

HONOLULU, H.I. - On a typical day, Jack Seitoku Nakamura, a 100th Infantry Battalion nisei veteran, wakes up and has a good breakfast and sings harmonious tunes that radiate throughout his Good Samaritan Society Pohai Nani cottage in Kaneohe.

“The bomb is so loud, it’s deafening. I thought I was dead. They gave me good lickins,” he laughs.

“I stood up and saluted him. Then General Eisenhower addressed me, ‘442nd soldier, I salute you. You did a good job.’ “Wow!” Nakamura says. “I was so happy! I was proud to have met General Eisenhower. I will always remember that for the rest of my life.”

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