CWO4 Sye Seichi Terauchi, U.S. Army. Photo: Terauchi Family.
Lahaina, Maui. CWO4 Sye Seichi Terauchi served in the 100th Infantry Battalion during World War II, and also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars over a 30-year career, retiring in January 1971. Thrice wounded in action in the Italian campaign, Terauchi was sent home after the Monte Cassino campaign. After Terauchi's discharge, he studied auto repair in Colorado and then returned home to repair his neighbors’ cars in Waipahu, HI. In 1997, he moved to Oregon to live with his son's family. He died at age 95 and is interred at the Willamette (Oregon) National Cemetery.
His children are Geraldine Terauchi of Hawaii; Terence Terauchi of Los Angeles; Roderick Terauchi of El Cerrito, CA; Gregory Terauchi of Gresham, OR and Bryan Terauchi of Hawaii. There are six grandchildren.
On January 16, 1996, Terauchi sent a two-page letter to his children, presented below, which described his military career and was accompanied by a warm personal note. Terauchi’s letter includes the high points of his assignment as an infantryman with the 100th in Italy, as an operations sergeant with the 69th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea, and as operations sergeant at Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division in South Vietnam.
Terauchi's personal letters and memorabilia will be archived at the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, where they will be available for national and international researchers, film makers, LOC book writers and exhibits. JAVA offers its respectful hand salute to Sgt Maj Terauchi for a job well done.
[Ed Note: We wish to thank the Terauchi family for allowing the e-Advocate to print this story of a most remarkable and patriotic Nisei.]