Isaac Akinaka

Headquarters Company

Isaac Akinaka was born in Honolulu in 1911 and enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard, 298th Infantry, in December 1940.  He was transferred to the newly formed Hawaiian Provisional Battalion, later renamed the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate).

Initially Akinaka was trained as a radio operator in Headquarters Company, but later volunteered to be a medic as casualties increased.

He was a prolific writer, keeping several diaries during the war years and penning a life history later in his later years.