Robert Shield
Jimmie S. Dowthitt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:03

Thank you so much! You are right, it is an unusual name and I am thinking that this must be the gentleman. (The middle initial even matches!)

My mother was a second generation Japanese American (Nisei) from the Big Island not far from Camp Tarawa. Her parents ran a general store and my mother remembers lots of Marines coming into the store on leave. She told me how her mother (my grandmother) used to take the marines back into the kitchen and feed them. My grandmother would comment on how young they all were and how she hoped that if her sons were far away from home someone would give them a home cooked meal. I don't think it ever occurred to her that those Marines were going off to fight the Japanese. She just saw young men about to go in harms way.....

  • RE : Jimmie S. DowthittTom Godwin, Sat Aug 25 14:39
    Robert, This may be the Marine you are looking for as it is an uncommon name. Jimmie was in A 1/18. He has passed on. There is an obituary at this site. Robert appears to have had many children.... more
    • Jimmie S. Dowthitt — Robert Shield, Mon Aug 27 11:03
      • Camp TarawaNicole Garcia, Mon Aug 27 15:33
        I am writing my Master's thesis on Camp Tarawa and the local experience. Would it be possible to contact you through email for more information about your mother and grandmother. These are exactly... more
        • Camp TarawaAnonymous, Tue Aug 28 09:32
          Hi Nicole, I'd love to hear more about your project! I don't know how much I can add, but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. I could probably ask my cousins as well if necessary! Take... more
          • Camp TarawaNicole Garcia, Tue Aug 28 13:20
            Hi Rob, Great! Would it be possible to send you an email? Maybe you could email me?
    • Re: RE : Jimmie S. DowthittMark, Sun Aug 26 01:26
      Thanks for the info. I have currency too, but unfortunately it's pasted into the scrapbook grandpa made before he died in 1960. Don't recall seeing any handwriting on them though. Have to take... more
      • RE: WW2 souvenirs Tom Godwin, Sun Aug 26 05:48
        Sometimes you can get lucky with searches. A surprising 86,000 hits on for a search of "Japanese Rifles" delineated by years 1943 to 1944. I was able to find the provenance of things... more
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