Takashi Kitaoka
100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)

Military Draft

Takashi returns to Hawaii in 1940 and, in December, is drafted by the army.

He and Yuki Miwa marry.

He undergoes basic training under Caucasian cadre for three or four months at Schofield Barracks. The army transfers him to the 298th Infantry Regiment of the Hawaii National Guard for further training.

On the basis of age, the army releases twenty-eight-year-old Takashi in September 1941.

After discharge, he works for the City and County of Honolulu.

[I came back to Hawaii in 1940. I was drafted in December] 1940.

Yuki and Takashi Kitaoka.
Yuki and Takashi Kitaoka.

I didn’t like [getting a draft notice] at all. I was completely disappointed because I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was a shock, really, to me because I had absolutely no connection with the army, military or anything. To be drafted into the army was really an experience.

[Takashi and Yuki Miwa marry in December.]

Yuki and Takashi Kitaoka, Wedding.
Yuki and Takashi Kitaoka, Wedding.

Military Training and Service

I went into the army and had training [at Schofield Barracks] for about three or four months.

Takashi Kitaoka.
Takashi Kitaoka.

You see, when you’re drafted, you go for three or four months of basic training. And the cadre was mostly haoles — sergeants, corporals and the company commanders were all haoles.

Then I was transferred to the [Hawaii] National Guard, 298th [Infantry] and I stayed with them for a few months, too. And the record will show that I stayed with the National Guard for just about six months. It was a little more basic training, army training, to complement training we had at Schofield.

Takashi Kitaoka and fellow soldiers.
Takashi Kitaoka and fellow soldiers.

Discharge


Takashi Kitaoka.
Takashi Kitaoka.

Then I was released in September 1941 because of age. I was twenty-eight. Anybody twenty-eight and above were released from the army at that time.

[After I was discharged,] I was working with the City and County [of Honolulu]. I don’t know what particular branch but I worked there for a few months. And then after that, December 7 came around.

Takashi Kitaoka's interview courtesy of the Center for Oral History. Photographs courtesy of Takashi Kitaoka.

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