- Research Guide
- Contact Us
Shigenobu Tanaka oral history interview, part 1 of 1, circa 2006
Shigenobu Tanaka shares his recollections of his parents, his life growing up on the sugar plantations of Hawaii, school, and his job working as the inventory manager at the Pahala Sugar plantation. He recalls being drafted and going through basic and jungle training at Halemano before being sent to the Philippines. He shares his experiences during the Battle of Okinawa-- in particular, the time his ship was hit by a kamikaze pilot and landing on Okinawa. With the Military Government, Tanaka worked evacuating Okinawan civilians to non-combat zones and providing rations to the civilians. Post Japan, Tanaka tells us of his time working in Korea during the Korean War and returning to Schoffield until retirement.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Tanaka, Shigenobu: narrator, Tanabe, James: interviewer, and Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaii: publisher, “Shigenobu Tanaka oral history interview, part 1 of 1, circa 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 23, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055820.