Mitsugi Kasai Memorial Scholarship 


a JAVA Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors

JAVA is profiling the sacrifices and contributions made by the men and women that our JAVA Memorial Scholarship program honors. Today's issue features the Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS. The Kasai scholarship was established by his estate. It is one of the $1,500 JAVA Memorial Scholarships that will be awarded to a high school senior. Application information can be found at the end of the article as well as on the JAVA website.   

CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS

Mitsugi Murakami Kasai was born January 30, 1918 to Tsunajiro Murakami and Iyo Nishime in Milford, Beaver County, Utah, and grew up around Salmon City, Arco and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was adopted by Harry Hiroshi Kasai. He left the 160 acre farm in Idaho Falls to enlist in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corp (CIC) in June 1946. Mitsugi or "Casey" graduated from Military Intelligence Service Language School in April 1947 as a T/3 and was sent to Fort Holabird, Maryland, for counterintelligence training. He was pulled out of basic training to teach elementary Japanese to CIC trainees. He was promoted to Master Sergeant in October 1947 and completed CIC training in June 1948.
His military service was primarily concentrated in various intelligence settings. He interpreted, interrogated, investigated, conducted liaison with counterparts of other countries and agencies, and performed secret, confidential, espionage and national security duty.

From June 1948 to June 1950 he was assigned to the Tokyo/Kanagawa District, 441st CIC Detachment, General Headquarters, Far East Command. Kasai was honorably discharged on June 16, 1950, but after the outbreak of the Korean War on June 25, 1950, he re-enlisted in September 1950 as a Master Sergeant with the U.S. Army. He was commissioned Warrant Officer Junior Grade in 1951 and hoped to be sent to Korea; however, he was assigned to the 11th Airborne CIC Detachment in Fort Campbell, Ky. From May 1951 to April 1952, he was sent to the Army Language School where he studied Chinese-Cantonese.

From 1952 to his retirement on March 31, 1973, he was assigned to various military commands in the Far East and the United States. Wherever he was assigned, he was generally the Special Agent in Charge. He was assigned to detachments in Niigata, Japan; Cheju-do, near the Korean Peninsula; Tokyo, Japan; Inchon, Korea; Okinawa, Japan; Monterey, California; Saigon, South Vietnam; Fort Douglas, Utah. Kasai retired in 1973 to care for his aging parents.

Kasai was the recipient of several military honors. The first oak leaf cluster to the Army commendation medal was awarded by the U.S. Army Support Command, Vietnam for this services rendered in support of active counterinsurgency joint theater command mission during Vietnam tour of duty. For his services from October 1969 to March 1973, as Special Agent in Charge of Koza Field Office and Chief, Liaison Section, Detachment R, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Headquarters U.S. Army, Pacific.

Having served nearly 30 years in U.S. military intelligence, Kasai felt that Japanese Americans needed to be recognized for their patriotism and service to their country. As a civilian, Kasai took up the charge of preserving Japanese Americans’ place in history, and his efforts have resulted in a rich archive that illuminates the lives of numerous individuals and organizations. The story told by the Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library begins with the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants who came to Utah and surrounding states to work in the railroad, mining and agricultural industries. The archive is named in honor of Mitsugi M. Kasai for his dedication to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans and for a generous bequest he made through his estate.

[Ed Note: The profile of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai was largely taken from his obituary, https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=mitsugi-murakami-kasai&pid=163717380.]


JAVA Scholarship Eligibility and Applications


Eligibility:

  • Descendants of a WWII Nisei military service member who served in the:
    • 100th Infantry Battalion.
    • 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
    • Military Intelligence Service.1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.
    • Other United States military units, including the Women’s Army. Corps or Army Nurses Corps.
  • Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2018.
  • Children of current JAVA members are eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2018.
  • Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, are eligible and encouraged to apply to the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship.

Applications:

Applicants should first review published rules and forms.  Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020, to javascholarship222@gmail.com  with either “2020 Inouye Memorial Scholarship,” “2020 Founder’s Memorial Scholarship,”  "Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship," or for the other named scholarships, “2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarship” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2020.  Awards will be presented at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon on July 18, 2020. 

2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview  here.

2020 U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2020 Founder's Scholarship here.

2020 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.

2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.

Scholarship information can also be found on the JAVA website: 

https://java-us.org



Questions or Suggestions: Please contact Neet Ford, at javapotomac@gmail.com.

Japanese American Veterans Association:  Address: P.O. Box 341198, Bethesda, MD 20827 I 

https://java-us.org

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