Ken Nihei oral history interview, part 4 of 5, August 20, 2004


Dublin Core


Post-war, Ken Nihei and five other 442nd men escorted 400 German POWs to Rosenheim, Germany. Ken was in Italy for a year and eight months before going home.

In August 1946, Ken returned to the United States, and he took a short road trip to San Francisco before going home to his parents in Richmond. Ken met his wife while she was working in San Francisco. Ken and Masuko got married on June 8, 1952, and have two children and a grandson.

Ken had several jewelry businesses before working for American Airlines in the instrument department. Ken worked for American Airlines for 35 years. Ken had many diverse friends. He believes having a common interest brings people together.



Oral History Item Type Metadata

Date of Birth

1925 May 14

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training



Nihei, Ken: narrator, Hanamura, Wendy: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ken Nihei oral history interview, part 4 of 5, August 20, 2004,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed April 20, 2024,