#VeteranOfTheDay George Kanatani


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran George Kanatani. George served during World War II.

George was born in California 1918 and graduated from Redlands High School in 1936. After graduation, he attended San Bernardino Valley College before he was drafted into the war effort in 1942. He served in a segregated unit of the U.S. Army of Japanese-Americans. During his service, his family was relocated from their home to an internment camp.

The infantry regiment George served in is the most decorated unit in the history of the U.S. military. In 2011, they all received the Congressional Gold Medal. He also received a Purple Heart and was decorated as a Knight of the Legion of Honor.

He was an active member of the Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans and the Riverside Japanese American Citizens League. George died March 13 at his home in Redlands. He was 98.

We honor your service, George.

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Curtis W Cotton    

    God Go with you George Thank you for your Service to our Nation During WW-II And all your work After. God Bless

  2. Robert Bostic    

    We honor the service of Army Veteran George Kanatani who served during World War II.

  3. Tawnya Spencer    

    My decreased husband, Earnest Spencer was in the army, Vietiem Vet. honorable discharge. He had gotten cancer in prodtate and stomach. He received 100 disability, And it has been seven long yrs. Since he pass, and they are denying me benefits , case still ongoing, I watched him suffer, and took care of him non-stop, V.A. the servicehe received was awful from the hospital. And now, I trying to get health insurance, compensation. Just gets worse and worse, trying to get a home, but that’snot going through neither, 700. A month, would help get a home loan with V.A. .All of this is a joke.

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