Residents Share WWII Recollections

Map of internment camps during the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. Image source

Honey Brook Twp, PA—Tel Hai residents’ Life Enrichment Committee (LEC) is offering an educational program led by two of their neighbors on campus. Herb and Miiko Horikawa, both California natives, will share childhood memories of the evacuation of Japanese and Japanese Americans following the entrance of the United States into World War II. The public is invited to attend the presentation on Thursday, November 15 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel on Tel Hai’s campus located off Beaver Dam Road, east of Route 10.

Herb Horikawa, born in San Francisco, resided in that city until the age of nine. At the outbreak of WWII and bombing of Pearl Harbor his family moved to central California to join his grandparents and their extended families. When the evacuation orders came they were able to move as one family unit to a concentration camp in western Arizona. Miiko, born in Sacramento County was seven years old when her family was evacuated to a concentration camp in Arkansas. They were later moved to another camp located south of Phoenix, Arizona.

The interment experience of these United States citizens did not hamper their pursuit of the American dream. Herb earned his graduate degree in counseling psychology at Temple University and served in the US Air Force in the post-Korean war years. Miiko, a graduate of Villanova University, worked as a school librarian for nearly 30 years.

The general public is invited to attend this program which is offered free of charge and learn more about this unique period in our history. Tel Hai is a nationally accredited, nonprofit community that has served senior adults providing residential living options, personal care and health care services for more than 56 years.