Enoch Kanaya oral history interview, part 2 of 3, June 25, 2006


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After the President of the United States signed Executive Order 9066, Enoch Kanaya and his family evacuated to the Portland Assembly Center. The Portland Assembly Center was a place where horses lived. Enoch describes the living conditions of the evacuees and his daily life at camp.

Enoch's brother Jimmy was already in the Army when Enoch and the rest of the family went to the Assembly Center. Enoch and his family stayed at the Assembly Center for several months before relocating to Minidoka. At Minidoka, there were guard towers with guards. Enoch said Minidoka was similar to a prison camp.

Later the Kanaya family members left their separate ways. Ruby got married, and Enoch's parents went to Chicago for work. Enoch received his draft notice and completed his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida. At Camp Blanding, Enoch was assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

After basic training as a replacement, Enoch traveled overseas on the RMS Aquitania. He landed in Scotland and traveled to France. In France, the 442nd replacements were tasked to protect the alps from the Germans. The German soldiers were defending this area, and the serval division tried to penetrate the line with no success. Enoch described his experience breaking the Gothic Line.







Kanaya, Enoch; narrator, Yamagami, Don; interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center; publisher, “Enoch Kanaya oral history interview, part 2 of 3, June 25, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 3, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1058031.