Ronald Oba
F Company, 442nd RCT

Youth

Ronald Oba

From infancy, the Oba siblings are tended to by their oldest sister.

Ronald and his friends build totan (iron sheet) boats. They fish and swim in Pearl Harbor. Backpacking empty five-gallon cans, the boys walk up Aiea Heights to fill the cans with mountain apples. They repeat these apple-picking treks a dozen times each summer.

Ronald participates in ball games and sumo wrestling.

One summer, he earns fifty cents an hour, digging trenches.