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|Peter Soo Hoo Jr.: Memories of Wartime|
|Written by Linh Chuong|
The ensuing World War II would more directly affect him. He was one of the many Chinese Americans drafted into the military. After graduating high school in 1944 when he was still just 18, he was sent to get basic training at Camp Roberts from October 1944 to January of 1945; he was shipped to Italy in April. Sadly, three days after he landed in Italy, his father would pass away from a stroke, which Peter Soo Hoo Jr. partially attributes to concern for his only son. Luckily the war ended in May. Because he was inexperienced, he Â“didnÂ’t know the dangers, really. Just what you read. You think you are a heroÂ….Â” The position he was in was especially difficult because, Â“ I was in reserve in case of a lot of casualties. They used to call us Rep Depo commandersÂ…replacements who were rushed into the front in the event of a lot of American casualties.Â”
He would get a break because the war in Europe ended in May, VJ day soon after, and his dependency discharge further shortened his service. He would come home and go to USC like his parents with three years covered through the GI bill, and eventually settle down with Lucy his girlfriend-turned wife.