Three of Kaua`i’s World War II veterans who served in the 100th/442nd, an almost-entirely Japanese-American unit of the U.S. Army that became the most decorated military unit in U.S. history, and who also served in the Military Intelligence Service, will share their personal stories in a talk story event Wednesday, January 30 at the Kaua`i Museum beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Turk Tetsuo Tokita, 92, who served in the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army that fought in Europe in World War II, will be joined by Kazuma Monty Nishiie, 97, an original member of the 100th Battalion that joined with the 442nd and also fought in Europe. Jiro Yukimura, 91, who served during World War II in the Military Intelligence Service, translating captured Japanese documents for the U.S. Government will also share his stories.
The conversation will be facilitated by Pamela Varma Brown, author of the book Kaua`i Stories: Life on the Garden Island told by Kaua`i’s People, which features stories of the three men’s pre- and post-war experiences, as well as what they went through in World War II. Kauai resident Norman Hashisaka, 87, who served in the Military Intelligence Service, is also featured in the book, but will be unable to attend the gathering.
After the event, the veterans and Brown will be available to sign copies of Kaua`i Stories, which is available for purchase at the museum.
There is no charge for the event, except for regular admission to the museum which is $10, or free for members. For more information, please call Kaua`i Museum at 245-6931.
Pamela Varma Brown is the publisher of Kaua`i Stories and may be reached at 808- 651-3533; or visit online at www.kauaistories.net
Photo in the home page slide show is of Jiro Yukimura.