Born in Japan several months before the start of World War II, Ken Yoshitani moved with his family to the United States in the early 1950s. After two years at UCLA, he reported to USMA with the Class of 1965. Following graduation, he served two tours as an engineer officer in Vietnam (1967-68 and 1971-72). He left active duty in 1974, achieving success as a businessman in the construction industry while serving in the Army Reserve into the 1990s. In this interview, he discusses his childhood in wartime and post-war Japan, his years as a West Point cadet, his experiences in Germany and Vietnam, his career in the private sector, and the importance of a well-rounded education.