Japanese American Veterans Association


Vol 1 No. 12, November 3, 2019 

“Hershey” Miyamura to Lead 2019 New York City Veterans Day Parade on on November 11, 2019

Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura

Reprinted United War Veterans Council

NEW YORK.  The United War Veterans Council (UWVC) announced Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura (U.S. Army) as one of the Grand Marshals for the 2019 New York City Veterans Day Parade.   This year’s Parade marks the centennial observation of Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day.  Miyamura is the first of this year’s five Grand Marshals, who will each represent an era of service from World War II to the present day.  

The Parade will take place on New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Manhattan, on November 11, 2019.  It will feature nearly 300 marching units and over 25,000 participants from nearly 30 states, including veterans, military members, service organizations, youth cadets and top high school marching bands.  The parade will be broadcast on TV and online by WABC-TV.

Miyamura was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico.  He was given the nickname “Hershey” by a teacher who had trouble pronouncing his given name, Hiroshi.  He served briefly with the famed Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team during the last months of World War II, but was discharged after the war ended.  He later joined the U.S. Army Reserve.

When the Korean War began in the summer of 1950, Miyamura was called into active duty, and was deployed to Korea as a corporal.  On the night of April 24 – 25th, 1951, his unit’s position was assaulted by a vastly superior Chinese force.  Although wounded and bleeding badly, Miyamura single-handedly held off the attacking force so that the rest of his men could retreat safely, before he lost consciousness and was captured by the enemy.  During Miyamura’s time in captivity, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions — a fact that was classified “Top Secret” to protect him from reprisals.  He was released on August 20, 1953, and received the Medal of Honor from President Dwight Eisenhower in October, 1953. (Link to Medal of Honor citation.  http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3160/miyamura-hiroshi-h.php

After his discharge from the Army, Miyamura returned to Gallup, New Mexico, where he still resides today.  He has been a lifelong supporter of his fellow veterans, and remains active in his community, particularly with local youth.  He is Honorary Chair of the Japanese American Veterans Association, located in Washington, D.C.

“Through his life story and his service to America, Hershey Miyamura truly embodies the spirit and values that define our great nation,” said UWVC Executive Director Mark Otto.  “We’re honored that he will be joining us in November, and we look forward to seeing him help lead the way up Fifth Avenue!”  Likewise, JAVA is honored Hershey was selected o serve.

“I’ve tried to live my life by the words, ‘Always Believe in Yourself, God and Country’” said Miyamura.  “I’m proud to join so many veterans who epitomize this philosophy, and to be a part of Veterans Day in New York City.”


Netflix's Medal Of Honor Series Features Hershey Miyamura in Episode Four

For a great portray of Hershey's bravery in the Korean War that led to his receiving the Medal of Honor from President Eisenhower check out episode four in Netflix's Medal of Honor, https://www.netflix.com/title/80169786.

COL Roy J. Macaraeg Promoted to Brigadier General

BG Roy Macaraeg, daughter Chloe and wife Bene. Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu, HI.  COL Roy J. Macaraeg, Hawaii Army National Guard, was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at Washington Place, Honolulu on October 8, 2019.    Governor David Ige administered the oath of office to Macaraeg in a ceremony attended by his parents, members of his family, retired and active military colleagues, and Congressman Ed Case.   MG Joe Logan, State Adjutant General, hosted the event.    Macaraeg’s next assignment is at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC where he will serve as assistant director of the Army National Guard (ARNG) for sustainment. 

Macaraeg enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) in 1990 as a Private (E1).   In 1993, he was named the HIARNG Soldier of the Year.   He was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in 1996 upon graduation from the Hawaii Military Academy, Officer Candidate School (Distinguished Honor Graduate).   In 1999 Macaraeg was assigned to the National Guard Bureau (NGB) in Arlington, VA where he held various positions including duty at Army G1 (Personnel) at the Pentagon.  For the next ten years he would serve in command and staff positions in Hawaii, Washington, DC, Iraq, and Kosovo, as follows:

2004-2006, Headquarters and Headquarters Support Battery Commander of the 1-487th Field Artillery (FA) Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) III.

2006-2010, ARNG Comptroller Division and ARNG Deputy G8 at NGB, Washington, DC. 

2010-2013, Commander of the 1-487th FA Battalion at HIARNG, Hawaii.

2013-2015, Training Military Assistant and Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserves Affairs, Washington DC.

2015-2017, Comptroller ARNG, Washington DC.

2017–2019, Brigade Commander of the “LAVA Brigade”, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii.

During this period from September 2018 for one year he served in Kosovo where he was concurrently  the Battle Group Commander for the NATO mission, Kosovo Forces (KFOR), officially known as Multi-National Battle Group – East (MNBG-E).  MNBG-E consisted of 800 soldiers from USA, Poland, Turkey and Romania.

In 2013 BG Macaraeg graduated from the National War College (NWC) at National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC .  He graduated earlier from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Field Artillery Schools.  In addition to graduating from Wallace Rider Farrington High School (1991) in Honolulu, he received a BA from University of Hawaii-Manoa, MBA from Touro University, California, and MS in National Strategy from NWC.   Macaraeg’s awards and decorations include Legion of Merit (2nd OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6th OLC), and numerous other service and achievement awards.

To the e-Advocate reporter’s question why he selected the armed forces as his career choice, Macaraeg responded “many members of my family served in the military, and I wanted to also serve my country and do my part, and to also be a part of something bigger, to be part of something special.  The Army National Guard provided many attractive opportunities and benefits.  The educational and leadership development opportunities toward overall personal growth are remarkable.  The military also teaches and refines your foundational values which certainly forges you into a better person.  It’s an amazing deal, the military makes you a better person while you serve your country.”

BG Macaraeg is married to his high school sweetheart, Bene, and they have a seven-years-old daughter, Chloe Ann.  

[EdNote: BG Macaraeg will speak at JAVA's annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11 held at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in WWII.] 

BG Hara appointed to Hawaii State Adjutant General

BG Kenneth S. Hara. Photo: HI Office of the Governor

Press Release

Honolulu, Hi.  On October 10, 2019  Gov. David Ige has appointed Brigadier General. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Defense effective Dec. 6, 2019, subject to state Senate confirmation .    The Adjutant General oversees the training and readiness of 5,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Hawaii National Guard.  He also serves as the Director, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency providing direct support to the Office of Veteran Services, and is the Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor.   Hara replaces MG Arthur “Joe” Logan who will be retiring from this position at the end of the year.

Hara has served as the Deputy Adjutant General since Jan. 2019. In addition, he has been the Assistant Adjutant General – Army since Jan. 2018, and since Feb. 2018 Hara was dual-hatted as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army National Guard, Operations, G3, Eighth United States Army Korea.  Hara has served in command positions during deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.   In addition to his federal mobilizations, Hara has served on several state missions in support of local authorities.

In Fall 2016, Hara, a JAVA member, who wears the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), told the Advocate his motivation for enlisting in the military was driven by family tradition.  His father, Henry, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, three older brothers served in the Hawaii National Guard, brother Gary retired as a Major General, brother Dennis retired as a Command Sergeant Major, brother Larry retired as a First Sergeant.  Son Justin, who enlisted in 2014 as a specialist in the Hawaii Army National Guard, is a senior at the University of Hawaii-Manoa ROTC program.

MG Logan assumed the position of Adjutant General, Hawaii on January 1, 2015.   Logan received his commission in 1984 from the Hawaii Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, Hawaii Military Academy.  He has 40 years of service, which included assignment to Operation Enduring Freedom  in Kabul, Afghanistan  

MG Arthur “Joe” Logan. Photo: HI Office of the Governor