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Jimmie Kanaya, 2004

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 3rd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
  • Location of Service: Pacific; European Theater; United States; Korea; Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/21666

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"We had to prove ourselves…worthy of recognition when we came back to the States and that our parents and the rest of the Japanese-American community would be proud of us." (Video Interview, Part 2, 27:16)

As a youth, Jimmie Kanaya became fascinated with the military, and at 20 he jumped at the chance to enlist in 1941-months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. After helping his parents relocate from their Oregon home to an Idaho internment camp, Kanaya took his skills as a medic to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He aggressively looked out for his men, even negotiating a halt to fighting to bring in casualties from the battlefield. Captured by German troops, he escaped three times and at war's end was the only non-Caucasian in his POW camp. Kanaya continued to serve his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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About this Item

Title

  • Jimmie Kanaya Collection

Names

  • Kanaya, Jimmie
  • Collins, Denver
  • Rhay, Gary D.
  • Timeless Media Group

Home State

  • Washington (State)

Headings

  • -  Kanaya, Jimmie
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Asian

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 3rd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
    • Location of Service: Pacific; European Theater; United States
    • Highest Rank: Colonel
    • Dates of Service: 1941-1974
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran was a prisoner of war (POW) during World War II in Germany.
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Location of Service: Korea
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as an interrogator.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Location of Service: Vietnam
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Government.

Materials

  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected 2004-06-30)
  • Audio: MiniDisc [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2004-06-30)
  • Audio: DAT [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2004-06-30)
  • Audio: DAT [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2004-06-30)
  • Audio: CD [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 2004-06-30; 2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2004-06-30)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/21666

Cite as

  • Jimmie Kanaya Collection (AFC/2001/001/21666), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Kanaya, Jimmie, Denver Collins, Gary D Rhay, and Timeless Media Group. Jimmie Kanaya Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.21666/.

APA citation style:

Kanaya, J., Collins, D., Rhay, G. D. & Timeless Media Group. (1941) Jimmie Kanaya Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.21666/.

MLA citation style:

Kanaya, Jimmie, et al. Jimmie Kanaya Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.21666/>.