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Title: George Morihiro Interview
Narrator: George Morihiro
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 15 & 16, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-mgeorge_2-01-0035

GM: As I remember, the only thing was that when I went back to the line, I was more conscious of getting killed than I was before. I said, "Hey, you can get killed in this business, you can get shot at." But that was quite a bit of experience that, going back to the line was just as dangerous as getting back to the line. And it's a funny thing about soldiers, you're there to fight a war and you know you can get killed. You know that tomorrow, that good friend of yours or another buddy won't be there tomorrow, somebody's going to get hit or get killed or something like that, and you gotta be prepared for it.

MA: How do you prepare yourself for that? I mean, to witness so much death?

GM: Well, it's the experience you have and the stories and training you get. You get prepared for that pretty easily. It'd be traumatic for me to see somebody get hurt today on the street or something, by a car or something, because I'm not used to it. But war, you get used to bullets flying over your head, and you know how close the bullet is by the sound of it, you hear an artillery shell coming, you say, "Oh, that's going to hit over here," things like that. It's an everyday thing after a while. You don't want to be out there too long, because chances are, you're going to get killed. But you want to get home because you know that there's something nice at home. You'd like to get home, but maybe you can't.

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