By Frank Fujita
Fujita used to be a member of the second Battalion, 131st box Artillery, Texas nationwide defend. The 2nd Battalion was once despatched to Java, Netherland East Indies, the place it was once captured intact via the japanese whilst the Allied command surrendered there in March, 1942. Fewer than 9 hundred americans have been taken prisoner on Java. the majority of yank POWs in eastern arms surrendered within the Philippines, and lots of the released POW memoirs replicate their adventure. Fujita’s account of the safeguard of Java and of the destiny of the “Lost Battalion” of Texas artillerymen serves to tell apart his memoir from all of the others.
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Most of our speculations were wild and fanciful. I realized, however, that mobilization could be a long way off, and to keep down the friction with my dad I would have to find a job. Here again, my friend Roy was working in a cake shop near the high school, and he had me see his boss. I did, and landed a job working fourteen hours a day, six days a week for $5 per week. My duties were to fry doughnuts and fry or bake sweet rolls for the morning cafe trade. Our day began at three o'clock in the morning.
I was later assigned to drive one of the brand new Dodge 6 × 6 trucks that were coming in to replace the old 1934 2 × 4 trucks that we had had prior to that time. 9 8 Probably 1931 or 1932. 9 The Civilian Conservation Corps was established by Congress in March 1933 to (footnote continued on next page) Page 19 The Guard was required to conduct training exercises and mini-maneuvers on farm and ranch lands all over the central part of the state. Also we were required to go to a large ranch in northwest Texas and have what was called a battalion shoot.
We would separate and set these stink bombs off at the same time on each of the three floors and soon the whole school stunk like rotten eggs. Needless to say, this was not conducive to the pursuit of higher learning. Our school football games were played at the local stadium at Fair Park. Once a friend and I crawled over the fence to see the game without paying. Mr. England, one of the school staff, saw us and chased us all around the stadium until we were finally caught. He turned us over to one of the city policemen and had him drive us out to the city limits on the other Page 15 side of town and leave us.