Norman Kikuta
Military Intelligence Service

Military Linguist

Norman Kikuta

Because Norman is with a fighting unit in the field, Japanese-language translation, interpretation, and conversation duties are rare. Information gleaned from lowly Japanese soldiers weakened by starvation is not too helpful.

His unit moves into Laguna de Bay, east of Manila, in response to scattered fighting. The fighting winds down by July 1945. To prepare for an invasion of Japan, the division moves to a staging area (Lipa) in southern Luzon.