Japanese American Veterans Association


Vol 1 No. 1 , June 1, 2019 

Republic of Korea Consul General Invites Japanese American Korean War Veterans for Luncheon to Express Appreciation

Los Angeles, California.  Nine members of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans (JAKWV) were invited to a luncheon on March 29, 2019 at the residence of the Korean Consul General Wan-joon Kim and his wife Madam Hae jin Park in Los Angeles to thank the Korean War veterans for their service in the Korean War.

This luncheon stemmed from the JAKWV invitation of Consul General and Mrs. Park to lunch in January when Robert Wada, Founding President of JAKWV presented them with his two authored books,  “From Internment, to Korea to Solitude" and “Americans of Japanese ancestry in the Korean war” after the luncheon.

Consul General Kim has publicized to the Korean people that Japanese Americans had served and died for the freedom of the Republic of Korea.  He stated the majority of Korean people have not been aware of the extent of the involvement of the Japanese Americans in the Korean War.  The Consul General’s secretary advised Wada that Mr. Kim had written an article for the local Korean language newspaper regarding the Japanese Americans role in the Korean War and mentioned Wada’s two books.

Wada’s goal has been to build a stronger bond of friendship between the Korean people and the Japanese Americans. 

JAKWV members attending, as shown in the picture below (Back row, L-R) Wally Takata, Victor Muraoka, Sam Shimoguchi, Robert Wada, Richard Iseri, Min Tonai, (Front row L-R) George Iseri, Nori Uyematsu, Mrs. Hae Jin Park, Lois Muraoka, Kuniko Shimoguchi, C.G. Wan-joon Kim, Bacon Sakatani.

Luncheon Guests

JAVA Member Morita has High Success Rate in Obtaining French

Medal for Veterans 

Honolulu, Hawaii.  During the past 5 years, Jeff Morita, a retired US Army Sergeant First Class, and GG-13, Department of the Army Civilian (40-years total service) of Hawaii, has completed and submitted the application forms for forty 100th/442nd Veterans to receive the Légion d'honneur.  To date, the Government of France has awarded this prestigious medal to twenty-two of the forty veterans Jeff has assisted.

Morita offers his public service to assist any living veteran of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team with a nomination for France’s highest decoration the Légion d'honneur.  Established on May 19, 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Légion d'honneur honors extraordinary contributions to the country. 

Strict prerequisites require a formal nomination packet clearly documenting the nominee's direct contribution to the liberation of France during World War II, e.g., participation in combat action on French soil, or territory. 

Jeff’s public service applies to not only Hawaiian veterans, but to any surviving World War II AJA veteran located on the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, overseas, and those who may have served with the same criteria in other military units as well.

The Légion d'honneur is awarded to those still living.  However, once the nomination is received by the French government and the Chevalier is approved, the decoration may be presented to the veteran’s immediate family should the veteran pass away.  Morita  (jeff_kine_57@icloud.com) welcomes any request for assistance.

L-R:  Guillaume Maman, Honorary Consul of France in Hawai’I; Yves Bonjean, Mayor of Bruyères; Jeff Morita 

More JAVA News

Former 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Infantry Commander’s Remarks to Seattle Veterans here.

National Cherry Blossom Festival here,

59th Annual Sakura Matsui organized by the Japan-America Society of Washington here.

Japanese Americans in the Nation’s Capital Hold Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk here.

JAVA Donors 

JAVA offers a heartfelt thanks to our generous members and friends for their gifts, memorials and tributes given in support of our mission, events and scholarships. We are truly grateful.

Gordon Bernhardt, IMO Warren Tsuneishi and IHO Betty Tsuneishi

Duina and Gary Brown, IMO Yukio Kawamoto  

Toki and Victoria Endo, IMO Mariko (Marie) Tashiro

Nancy Foley, IMO Yukio Kawamoto  

Allen Goshi, IMO Grant Ichikawa

Tom Graves, IMO Grant Ichikawa

Mike Harp and Claudia Mandato, IMO Yukio Kawamoto  

Robert Hayashi, IMO Masao Ishikawa, MIS

Wayne and Shannon Inouye, IHO George H. Inouye MIS 100th Birthday

Douglas Ioki

Don and Margaret Kawamoto, IMO Yukio Kawamoto  

Barry and Pamela Kintzer, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Michael and Maria Manley, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Martin Matsui, Flowers at Arlington

Wayne and Arlene Minami, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Mark Nakagawa, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Mark Nakagawa, IMO Grant Ichikawa

Mae Nakamoto and Marty Herbert, Bob Nakamoto Scholarship

Michael Nakamoto, Bob Nakamoto Scholarship

R. Steve Nakamoto. Bob Nakamoto Scholarship

Scott Sakakihara, New Member/Nephew of Veteran

Dale Shirasago, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Gregory and Cynthia Sparkman, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Jim Tani, IMO Paul Y. Tani 

Veronica Tankiwawa, Memorial Day Expenses

Greg Tsujiuchi, IMO Sonny S. Yonesawa, CIC 

Frances Kobayashi Varner, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Mary and George Wagner, IMO Yukio Kawamoto

Doug Worman, IMO Yukio Kawamoto 

Gerald and Nancy Yamada, IMO Donald Morita, MIS

Homer Yasui, IMO Miyuki Yasui

New JAVA Members

JAVA sends a warm Aloha to our new Veteran and Active Duty members as well as new Friends of JAVA.


RDML(Dr) Michael Baker, USN, Ret

LCDR Jessica Barrientos, USN

Lt Col Linda Bethke-Cyr, USAF, Ret

David Bonner, USAF (War Veteran)                    

LTC Alexander Andrew Cox, USA, Ret

LtCol Toki Endo, USAF, Ret     

Maj Donald Funai, USAF, Ret

E-4 Larry Graves, USAF (Honorably Discharged)  

Arisa Groenleer, USAF (War Veteran)                

LT Brock Hashimoto, USCG

CPT Denise High, USA

SM Bien Hoo, USA National Guard

COL Mark Inaba, USA National Guard

CPT Ryan Kim, USA

Jason Matsuoka, USAF 

SM Jason McElroy, USA

CDR George Miyata-Tolbert, USCG (War Veteran)

STG-2 Allen Nakagawa, USN (Honorably Discharged) 

LT Granta Nakayama, USN (Honorably Discharged)

Ben Ogawa, USN (War Veteran)                  

Michael Sera, USN (War Veteran)                    

Staff Sgt Miko Skerrett, Air and Army National Guard (War Veteran)

John Stover, USA, Alaska (War Veteran) 

LCDR Taiga Takahashi, USN

Sgt (E5) John Tanaka, USMC (Honorably Discharged)

Tosh Tanaka, Army National Guard (War Veteran)

CPT Samuel Waterman, SOJTF-OIR

E-6, EMNI (SS) Garon Yamashita, USN  


Manami Awazu

Jacob Baker               

Diane Nakashima Barstein 

Aaron Datta              

Dawn Eilenberger  

Ruby Ellis    

George Gojio           

Jennifer Inafuku                      

Christine Jackson                    

Taeko Lee  

Devon Matsumoto

Michael Nakamoto

Seiki Oshiro, CIC

Scott Sakakihara

Keith Schenkel                     

Susan Tokairin