Densho Digital Archive
Japanese American Museum of San Jose Collection
Title: George Hanada Interview
Narrator: George Hanada
Interviewer: Stephen Fugita
Location: San Jose, California
Date: November 15, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-hgeorge-01-0009

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SF: I understood that, understand that you went into the army about '44 or something like that, is that right?

GH: Yeah, end of '44.

SF: And you were already out of camp at that time?

GH: Yes. My point of induction was Chicago, 'cause I was in Chicago at that time. And we went to Fort Sheridan, and from Fort Sheridan, we went to Florida to take our basic, and then we went to Fort Meade for, to get ready to go overseas, and we went overseas from Camp Kilmore. That's in New York, and we landed in Glasgow, Scotland, and went to Southampton and over to Le Havre, and then from Le Havre we went to, went right into Germany. But at that time, the war was already over, 'cause we went in in end of May, I think, or, yeah, and the war ended in May.

SF: What branch of the service were you in?

GH: Went in infantry.

SF: So being in the infantry, did you hear a lot about the 442, people would say, "Oh, we know about the fine record of the 442," or something like that?

GH: Oh, yeah. My brother was in the 442nd, and he was in Italy the same time I was in Germany. He hadn't come back yet, or, when I first, yeah, I think he came right after that, 'cause he was in a hospital at that time.

SF: So do you think that the 442 really sort of helped the Japanese in general in terms of, because of the record, people knew about it, or something like that? I mean, was it well-known enough?

GH: I'm sure they, they really paid for it.

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