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  • 07 Nov 2016 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1.     

    Lot Loka Akina, Jr

    VN

    HI

    2.     

    Louise T. Chinen

    W of U

    HI

    3.     

    Betty Shigeko Fukuda

    W of U

    HI

    4.     

    Carole Yoshiko Fukuda

    W of VN

    HI

    5.     

    Shizue Fukuda

    W of B

    HI

    6.     

    Tomiko Furumizo

    W of U

    HI

    7.     

    Fukiko Goda

    W of U

    HI

    8.     

    Eddie O. Gotori

    K

    HI

    9.     

    Sugiko Gushiken

    W of A

    HI

    10. 

    Kenneth J. Hamada, DDS

    VN

    WA

    11. 

    Barbara L. Hamasaki

    W of C

    HI

    12. 

    Nobuko Urata Hashimura

    W of B

    HI

    13. 

    Sakae "Pete" Inouye

    C

    HI

    14. 

    Ed J. Kawaoka

    U

    CA

    15. 

    Peter Akira Matsumoto

    VN

    HI

    16. 

    Kiyoshi Matsuo

    U

    HI

    17. 

    Richard Shigeto Moriwake

    H

    HI

    18. 

    Yasuto Nishibe

    K

    HI

    19. 

    Laura Mieko Nishimura

    W of U

    HI

    20. 

    Janet Toshiko Oshiro

    W of U

    HI

    21. 

    Tamotsu Sasaki

    B

    HI

    22. 

    Ben Seo

    K

    CA

    23. 

    Harold Kenji Shimomura

    K

    HI

    24. 

    Ronald "Ronnie" Shinoda

    VN

    WA

    25. 

    Raymond Chiyuki Someda

    U

    HI

    26. 

    Shizuo "Larry" Sumida

    C

    HI

    27. 

    Jerry Tagami

    S of B

    CA

    28. 

    Harry Tatsuo Tagomori

    K

    HI

    29. 

    Leatrice Itsuko Tanna

    W of U

    HI

    30. 

    Ansho Masaru Uchima

    U

    CA

    31. 

    Tommy Yukito Umeda

    B

    HI

    32. 

    Yuriko “Lily” Uyemura

    W of U

    HI

    33. 

    Ruby Satomi Uyesugi

    W of C

    CA

    34. 

    Satoko Yamada

    W of U

    HI

    35. 

    Yutaka “Oscar” Yamada

    U

    HI

    36. 

    Takashi "Tak" Yokota

    K

    CA

    37. 

    James H. Yorita

    K

    WI

     

    Obits Sun Sept 25, 2016.pdf
  • 07 Nov 2016 10:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1.     

    Takashi "Taka" Domingo

    VN

    HI

    2.     

    Edward Hiroshi Fujimoto

    VN

    CA

    3.     

    Joy Ikuko Fujita

    Not

    HI

    4.     

    Toshiaki “Buff” Hayashida

    U

    HI

    5.     

    Mrs. Yeiko Imamura

    W of U

    CA

    6.     

    George Ito

    K

    CA

    7.     

    Mary Saika Kawano

    W of U

    CA

    8.     

    George Hiromi Komatsu

    K

    HI

    9.     

    George Seisho Kuba

    VN

    HI

    10. 

    Dorothy Sueko Kumano

    W of U

    HI

    11. 

    Harvey M. Kunishima

    U

    CA

    12. 

    Amie Emiko Maruyama

    W of C

    CA

    13. 

    Ray Yuki Matsuyama

    VN

    HI

    14. 

    Judith Toyoko Miyashiro

    W of VN

    HI

    15. 

    Lionel Kazuto Nagata

    VN

    HI

    16. 

    DR. Seiji Naya

    Not

    HI

    17. 

    Harold Katsuji “Kats” Oda

    K

    HI

    18. 

    Noboru “Nobu” Oku

    U

    HI

    19. 

    Raymond Y. Oyama

    K

    HI

    20. 

    Bert Masami Shikasho

    C

    CA

    21. 

    Fumie H. Takemoto

    W of U

    HI

    22. 

    Catherine Chiyoko Taketa

    Not

    CA

    23. 

    Noboru Taki

    A

    WA

    24. 

    Sueko Takiguchi

    W of C

    HI

    25. 

    Akira “Aki” Terada

    K

    HI

    26. 

    Msgt. Mitsuo Tsushima

    U

    CA

    27. 

    Takeshi "Tak" Watanabe

    C

    CA

    28. 

    Jacob Shigeo Wauke

    K

    HI

    29. 

    Satoko Yamada

    W of U

    HI

    30. 

    Alyce Yoshikai

    W of U

    WA

    31. 

    Ruth Kimiye (Kimi) Yotsuya

    W of U

    CA

     

    Obits Sun Sept 18, 2016.pdf
  • 07 Nov 2016 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1.     

    Jimmie M. Akizuki

    C

    WA

    2.     

    Jessie Kuwana Miyasaki Aoyagi

    W of B

    UT

    3.     

    Jim Fukui

    K

    CA

    4.     

    Raymond Bautista Hiro

    K

    NV

    5.     

    Beryl June Fisher Honma

    W of K

    CA

    6.     

    Tex Yoshio Irinaga

    B

    OR

    7.     

    Eloise Leialoha Kama

    W of K

    HI

    8.     

    John Kanda

    A

    CA

    9.     

    Roy Yasuo Kaneshiro

    VN

    HI

    10. 

    Frederick Kenji Kaya

    VN

    HI

    11. 

    John Kanji Kimura

    U

    CA

    12. 

    Robert Shinyei Kina

    K

    HI

    13. 

    Ted Tetsuo Kobata

    Not

    CA

    14. 

    Rodney "Rocky" G.M. Komatsu

    VN

    HI

    15. 

    Hoshiko Helen Matsumoto

    Nurse

    CA

    16. 

    Natsuko "Judy" Mento

    W of C

    HI

    17. 

    Willie Toshio Mikuni

    K

    CA

    18. 

    Douglas Tadashi Miyashiro

    VN

    HI

    19. 

    Herbert "Pachuk" Isamu Morimoto

    VN

    HI

    20. 

    Allen Kenji Ono

    K

    HI

    21. 

    Isami Osato

    C

    HI

    22. 

    Janet Noriko Saisho

    W of C

    CA

    23. 

    Beth Setsuko Sakurai

    W of C

    CA

    24. 

    Walter Wataru Shimasaki

    K

    CA

    25. 

    Sachio Taira

    U

    HI

    26. 

    Richard Osamu Takakawa

    K

    HI

    27. 

    James Kazuyuki Takeshita

    C

    HI

    28. 

    Yoneko Hirai Watanabe

    W of C

    UT

    29. 

    Elaine Yamagata

    Not

    TX

    30. 

    Toshio Yanagisawa

    VN

    IL

    31. 

    Jesse Tokuo Yoshimura

    GS of C

    UT

     

    Obits Sun Sept 11, 2016.pdf
  • 07 Nov 2016 10:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1.     

    Robert Yutaka Fujimoto Sr.

    VN

    HI

    2.     

    Takeo Fujitani

    K

    CA

    3.     

    Jeanne Fujitani

    W of K

    CA

    4.     

    Ruth Kazuyo Fukumoto

    W of C

    HI

    5.     

    Sidney Hashimoto

    VN

    HI

    6.     

    Tamotsu Hiraoka

    C

    HI

    7.     

    Takumi “Iso” Isotani

    K

    HI

    8.     

    Takeshi Kaita

    VN

    HI

    9.     

    Sadako Kaku

    W of A

    HI

    10. 

    Frank Kawamura

    VN

    CA

    11. 

    Hideo Joe Kawano

    K

    CA

    12. 

    Mary Saika Kawano

    W of U

    CA

    13. 

    Dr. Henry Kaoru Kawasaki

    U

    HI

    14. 

    Yoneko Kiyomura

    W of B

    UT

    15. 

    Lawrence Jenko Kobashigawa

    K

    HI

    16. 

    William Jo Koida

    VN

    OR

    17. 

    Virginia Sue Kono

    W of VN

    TX

    18. 

    June Kasumi Mano

    W of B

    WA

    19. 

    ROY YOSHITAKA MARUYAMA

    K

    HI

    20. 

    Brian Tatsuo Matsumoto

    VN

    NC

    21. 

    Maria Adele Matsumoto

    W of B

    HI

    22. 

    Raymond A. Mikuta

    VN

    D.C.

    23. 

    Hatsume “Janet” Mitsunaga

    W of H

    HI

    24. 

    Thelma Tamae Mitsuyoshi

    W of H

    HI

    25. 

    Thomas Masaru Oyadomari

    VN

    HI

    26. 

    Mable Shizuka Hosoda Sakota

    W of U

    UT

    27. 

    Fred Mitsuo Shinsato

    U

    HI

    28. 

    Ronald Yukio Takemoto

    K

    CA

    29. 

    Tom Tamio Taketomo

    K

    CA

    30. 

    Ikuko Uno Tamura

    W of U

    WA

    31. 

    Donald T. Tanaka

    K

    MN

    32. 

    Hiromu “Babe” Tanaka

    B

    HI

    33. 

    Dick S. Tawata

    VN

    HI

    34. 

    Louise Mae Tokumura

    W of VN

    HI

    35. 

    Alice Michie Yamauchi

    W of U

    HI

    36. 

    Wilbur H. Yana

    K

    IN

    37. 

    Lillian Shizuyo Yanagawa

    W of U

    HI

     Obits Sun Sept 4, 2016.pdf

  • 07 Nov 2016 10:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1.     

    Yoshiji Aoki

    B

    HI

    2.     

    Kiyoko H. “Betty” Aoki

    W of B

    HI

    3.     

    Aiko “Bettie” Arakawa

    W of B

    HI

    4.     

    Ronald ‘Ron’ Yukio Egusa

    VN

    HI

    5.     

    Takuma Fujii

    C

    CA

    6.     

    Thomas Tadasu Funamoto

    A B

    HI

    7.     

    Hitoki "Jackie" Higashi

    W of U

    CA

    8.     

    Rei Higashiyama

    W of C

    WA

    9.     

    Tok Ishizawa

    A

    CA

    10. 

    Eric Sunichi Kaneshiro

    K

    HI

    11. 

    Leonard Shigeo "Lala" Kaneshiro

    VN

    HI

    12. 

    Alice Kunie Kawashima

    W of H

    HI

    13. 

    Mitsugi Komatsu

    K

    CA

    14. 

    Kinya Noguchi

    K

    CA

    15. 

    Narae Ogata

    W of K

    HI

    16. 

    Allan Shoso Sensui

    K

    CA

    17. 

    Diane Suda

    W of VN

    ND

    18. 

    Gerald H. Takei

    K

    HI

    19. 

    Donald Nobuhiko Tanaka

    U

    HI

    20. 

    Yaeko Iwamoto Tomomatsu

    W of B

    UT

    21. 

    Takao Uchida

    K

    HI

    22. 

    Charles Youji Uchiyama

    K

    HI

    23. 

    Ben Tsutomu Umeda

    C

    CA

    24. 

    Larry Yasuhiro Umeda

    C

    NV

    25. 

    Robert Sadato Umeda

    B

    HI

    26. 

    Edwin Masumi Watanabe

    K

    HI

    27. 

    Betty Hanako Yamaguchi

    W of C

    HI

    28. 

    Michiye Yoshimura

    W of C

    HI

     

  • 07 Nov 2016 10:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Aug 21, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Yosh Amino

    K

    IL

    2.     

    Doreen Akiko Fukuzawa

    W of B

    OR

    3.     

    Kiyoko (Imoto) Hamane

    W of C

    CA

    4.     

    Rachel Hidaka

    W of U

    WA

    5.     

    Lester Teruo Hori

    K

    CA

    6.     

    Noriko Pauline Imagawa

    W of U

    CA

    7.     

    Richard A. Johnson Jr.

    C

    MA

    8.     

    Yoshio Kakehashi

    C

    CA

    9.     

    Reuben Sunao Kaneshiro

    VN

    HI

    10. 

    Mitsuko Kinoshita

    W of C

    CA

    11. 

    Nobumasa Kitayama

    U

    TX

    12. 

    Junji Kumamoto Ph.D.

    C

    CA

    13. 

    Takeshi Kusunoki

    U

    HI

    14. 

    Nobuko Masuoka

    W of U

    OR

    15. 

    Robert Yoshinori “Bob” Mikami

    B

    HI

    16. 

    Milton A. Murayama

    C

    HI

    17. 

    Miyoko 'Sunny' Nakamaru

    U

    FL

    18. 

    Howard Sadao Okada

    U

    HI

    19. 

    Jerry Seto

    VN

    CA

    20. 

    Misao Yamano Shiotsuka

    W of B

    CA

    21. 

    Hiroshi Suyeoka

    B

    HI

    22. 

    Glenn Makoto Uemura

    VN

    HI

    23. 

    William Hachiro “Bill” Yano

    K

    HI

    24. 

    Satoru “Sats” Yoshino

    U

    HI

     

  • 24 Oct 2016 9:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every once in a while we have the honor of guest writers for the RR. The following is an article written by Jane Matsumoto, daughter-in-law of John Matsumoto, one of the about 8 Nisei who served in the Army Air Force as gunners during WW II.  When she submitted the article around Mother’s Day, she wrote:

    It is hard for me to know where the other gunners grew up, or if there is any history about them.  I have, however, read much about Ben Kuroki and have seen the documentary that was created.  Indeed, there is no doubt that he was a war hero; yet, being born and raised in Nebraska, his family were not interned.  They did not suffer the injustices as John's parents and other West Coast JAs did. I have tried to balance my remembrance of John without overtly pointing out such differentiators.  It was a blessing that John was able to see his family before he deployed; and returned alive to see them still, interned at Amache.

    ~ Jane Matsumoto

    John and A-20

    Mother’s Day 2016 was greeted with sunshine and a mild breeze over Marin County in the San Francisco bay area where I was visiting family recently. We opted for a brunch past Santa Rosa in a quaint town called Forestville and drove back through Sebastopol, hometown of John Hideo Matsumoto. John was born on December 21, 1919 in Penngrove, California, and raised in nearby Sebastopol where he received his draft notice on December 1, 1941. Thereafter, he promptly volunteered and enlisted with the US Army Air Corps. He was sent to Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi on December 6, 1941 – a fateful day just before Pearl Harbor.

    Taking off for mission

    In 1942, he attended armament school at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado and in September, embarked to Europe from Fort Dix, New Jersey. John sailed on the Queen Mary to Scotland and was sent to England for three months. In December 1942 he was assigned to Oran Air Force Base, North Africa, and volunteered for gunnery training and sent to an air base at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, Italy. He served as an aerial gunner with the 97th Squadron, 47th Bomb Group; 12th Air Force, US Army Air Corps. His missions were flown aboard a Douglas A-20 light attack bomber, a twin-engine aircraft with a crew of four that flew at an altitude of less than 10,000 feet. Their mission was to provide ground support and staffing missions. In 1943, John was assigned to an air base in Corsica, Italy, where A-20s flew night missions, looking for convoys and strafing troops and equipment. Enemy flak from M-88 anti-aircraft guns hit his aircraft many times.

    In flight formation

    In August 1943, after 50 combat missions and two years overseas, John was rotated back to the United States. Upon his return he visited his parents, sister and brother now interned at the Granada War Relocation Center (Amache) in Colorado. In 1945, John was discharged with a rank of Staff Sgt at Fort Logan, Colorado and soon married Akie Sakamoto whom he met while visiting family in Amache. Together, they raised three children - son Terry, born 1947 in Sebastopol; daughter Sharon, born 1950 in San Diego; and daughter Janet, born 1953 in Altadena, California. John passed away in November 2001, followed by his wife of 55 years, in July 2004.

    Sent to John from family interned at Granada War Relocation Center _ Amache, Colorado

    There is much that can be written about John’s military experiences, however, four notable side notes emerge:

    1) While heading to Monterey for basic training, two Caucasian draftees talked John into joining the Air Corps. Ironically, John was the only one of the three to pass the required Air Corps physical examination; the other two failed.

    2) During armament training at Lowry Field, John met another Nisei soldier from Seattle. They became fast friends. One day his friend was inexplicably discharged from the Air Corps. Inconsistent policies in early war years resulted in only a handful of aerial gunners; besides Ben Kuroki and John, it is very difficult to know the history of 7 other Nisei who presumably also served as gunners.

    3) In 1943, John was granted a week’s furlough to visit parents in Merced Assembly Center before deployment. He was met at the Merced train station by MPs, who notified him that Japanese American soldiers were forbidden on the West Coast and to take the next train east. The next train was to arrive 30 hours later, so he was put up in a hotel. To his surprise, he was told at 8 am the following morning that he had 18 hours to visit with his parents. At 2 am the next morning, MPs escorted him to a train headed to Ogden, Utah.

    4) In 1943 when John volunteered to train as a gunner, an officer said he would have to pass another physical for combat aircrew members. The examining physician found that John had flat feet – a justification for draft deferment. John replied, “So what, sir? I’m not going to fly on my feet!” He was accepted.

    This Mother’s Day as we drove down Old Station Road in Sebastopol, we surmised where John’s family home likely stood – railroad tracks serve as a reliable landmark. The end of the road opens to famed Wild Horse Winery. We toasted to mothers and remembered John fondly, a true Nisei veteran who served America heroically as his family remained interned. We drove past Analy High School where John lettered in multiple varsity sports, and headed home to Marin.

    It was a nice Mother’s Day. 

  • 15 Aug 2016 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 14 Aug 2016 11:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Aug 14, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Mildred Teruko Akamine

    W of U

    HI

    2.     

    Shellie Akiko Amano

    DS

    HI

    3.     

    Roy Isamu Aoki

    K

    HI

    4.     

    Ted (Tadao) Arita

    U

    CA

    5.     

    Michael Kenji Asato

    VN

    HI

    6.     

    Robert Butow

    K

    IL

    7.     

    Betty (Chun) Funayama

    W of K

    HI

    8.     

    Toshio H. Hayakawa

    C

    CA

    9.     

    Hideo Higa

    B

    HI

    10. 

    Lawrence Sunjo Higa

    U

    HI

    11. 

    Kazuo “Opu” Hiranaka

    C

    HI

    12. 

    Masatoshi “Wills” Imai

    B

    HI

    13. 

    Toshio Iwata

    U

    CA

    14. 

    Thomas Tsutomu Kikuta

    C

    HI

    15. 

    Shigeyasu “Shige” Kinoshita

    VN

    HI

    16. 

    William Christopher Kurashige, Sr.

    VN

    HI

    17. 

    Richard Yasuto Kuwada

    U

    HI

    18. 

    George S. Matsumoto

    K

    HI

    19. 

    Maki Hiroyuki Miyahara

    U

    CA

    20. 

    Seiichi "Sei" Miyakawa

    U

    IL

    21. 

    Kiyoshi "Kiyo" Miyasato

    U

    NV

    22. 

    Tomoe Miyashiro

    W of A

    HI

    23. 

    Isao “Jerry” Murobayashi

    U

    HI

    24. 

    Stanley Yasumasa Nagamine

    K

    HI

    25. 

    Kenneth Kenichi Nozawa

    U

    HI

    26. 

    Fumi Onchi

    W of B

    OR

    27. 

    Masako Oya

    W of C

    HI

    28. 

    Carl Tatsuo Sakata

    K

    HI

    29. 

    Richard Hideo Sakuragi

    K

    HI

    30. 

    Toshiatsu Sato

    K

    HI

    31. 

    Jenichi ‘Shige’ Shigematsu

    B

    HI

    32. 

    Mamoru Soga

    K

    HI

    33. 

    Atsumi Art Sugita

    C

    CA

    34. 

    William Toshio “Bill” Tamayei

    K

    HI

    35. 

    Ritsuo Uchimura

    U

    HI

     

  • 14 Aug 2016 11:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Aug 7, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Hideo Abe

    C

    CA

    2.     

    Gabriel Akiona

    K

    HI

    3.     

    Shoro Budo

    U

    NV

    4.     

    Ernest R. Chiono

    VN

    CA

    5.     

    Noriko Maxine Furubayashi

    W of U

    ID

    6.     

    Masaru "Mamo" Hamakawa

    K

    HI

    7.     

    Yaeko Maeda Hironaka

    W of U

    NV

    8.     

    Paul S. Honda

    Not

    HI

    9.     

    Howard Mitsuto Inoue

    K

    HI

    10. 

    Masahrio "Mako" Ishibashi

    U

    CA

    11. 

    Harold Kooji Kawasaki

    K

    HI

    12. 

    Noby Kitamura

    VN

    UT

    13. 

    Harold Tatsuji Kon

    VN

    HI

    14. 

    Lilian Shizue Watanabe Maeda

    W of ?

    HI

    15. 

    Richard Hideo Nagamine

    K

    HI

    16. 

    Hiroyuki Nakagawa

    K

    HI

    17. 

    Yoshiko Nakagawa

    W of U

    WA

    18. 

    Harold Haruo Nakamura

    U

    HI

    19. 

    Margaret M. Nakano

    W of C

    CA

    20. 

    Ted Yukio Nishimura

    K

    CA

    21. 

    Takeyei Onaga

    K

    HI

    22. 

    Peggy Misae Ontai

    W of VN

    HI

    23. 

    Tatsuyoshi Oyama

    K

    HI

    24. 

    Stanley S. Serikaku

    B

    IL

    25. 

    Haruko Shimabukuro

    W of U

    HI

    26. 

    Iwao Suzuki

    K

    HI

    27. 

    Togue Ingvar Uchida

    B

    TN

    28. 

    Kan Leonard Utsunomiya

    VN

    CA

    29. 

    Senki Uyeunten

    K

    HI

    30. 

    Takashi Wada

    B

    CA

    31. 

    Hiroshi Yamada

    VN

    CA

    32. 

    Milton T. Yamada

    VN

    FL

    33. 

    Larry Shoichi Yamamoto

    VN

    HI

    34. 

    Warren Hiroshi Yamamoto

    VN

    HI

    35. 

    Tok Yoshimura

    C

    UT

     

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