1399th Engineer Construction Battalion
Kenneth Hagino is born in 1921 in Wainaku on the island of Hawaii. He is the second son of nine children born to Fusa and Keisaburo Hagino, both from Niigata-ken.
Fusa runs the household and works on the family farm.
Keisaburo is employed as a stevedore at Hilo Harbor. An International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union member, he takes part in the August 1, 1938 incident known as the Hilo Massacre. He is one of 50 demonstrators wounded on that day.