George K. Oide in uniform. Photo: Oide Family.
George K. Oide, December 2018. Photo: Oide Family.
Private George Kenichi Oide was assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. As an artillery forward observer, Oide served courageously and gallantly in the Rome-Arno; Northern Apennines; (France) Rhineland-Vosges and Rhineland Maritime Alps; and Central Europe Allied Offensive Campaigns. George Oide and the 522nd FAB were later separated from their parent 442nd RCT and in Southern Germany later known to have rescued and liberated many imprisoned Jewish people from a Dachau sub-camp and yet others on their "death march." For his honorable service, PVT Oide received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars (AKA: Campaign or Battle stars); World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Bar; Sharpshooter Badge with Carbine bar; Marksman Badge with Rifle bar; and the Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II. On January 27, 2021, Mr. Oide passed away just short of his 98th birthday in Honolulu, Hawaii.