On the troop train
to Arkansas, Joe Onchi and other soldiers of
Japanese ancestry were told to close the blinds as they passed through each
town. Sentiment against Japanese Americans ran deep. In 1945 he fell with a
shattering bullet wound in his calf and ankle during a nighttime attack in
Northern Italy, routing the Germans' defensive line. After his disability
discharge, he has no home to come home to. His family, which was interned in
California, Arkansas and Wyoming, lost its Montavilla farm.