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


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Enoch Kanaya reflects on his time in combat and his squad members.
He said their confidence in each other helped them do their jobs well and they trusted each other.

After the war ended, Enoch was assigned to guard the Prisoners of War (POWs) and various Rest Camps. When Enoch had enough points, he returned to the United States. The 500 men landed in New York, and there was a large homecoming committee with dancing and a parade. Enoch recalls the homecoming parade in Washington DC and receiving the Presidental Unit Citation and the Bronze Star.

Post-war, he attended school at North Western and a Television Institute. Also, Enoch got married to Caroline and has four daughters and two grandchildren. He feels proud to serve with the 442nd. The Issei and Nisei gave their best efforts in World War Two and persevered. They leave a legacy that will be remembered.





Kanaya, Enoch; narrator, Yamagami, Don; interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center; publisher, “Enoch Kanaya oral history interview, part 3 of 3, June 25, 2006,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 19, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1058032.