October 9, 2017

Takejiro Higa: Nisei soldier from Oahu passes away

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The Ryukyu Shinpo announced that Mr. Takejiro Higa (比嘉武二郎), a nisei soldier from Hawai’i passed away on October 7, 2017 (Hawai’i Time). He was 94 years old.

The University of Hawai’i dedicated a site for the Nisei soldiers from Hawai’i who fought as US citizens against the Axis Powers, including Japan during the WWII.

Mr. Higa was born in Waipahu on the island of O’ahu in 1923 to Takeo and Ushi Higa. The Hawaii Nisei Project at the University of Hawai’i provides more information.

photos of Takejiro Higa and his brother

[Image source: http://cgm.smithsonianapa.org/stories/takejiro-higa.html]

Takejiro Higa: an Okinawan caught in the Battle of Okinawa by Karleen Chinen (The Hawaii Herald, July 2, 1993).

Technician Third Grade Takejiro Higa: 314th Headquarters Military Intelligence Service at The Nisei Solder: Congressional Gold Medal by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board, & Tendai Education Foundation. (1998). Japanese Eyes, American Heart : Personal Reflections of Hawaii’s World War II Nisei Soldiers.

McNaughton, J., & United States. Department of the Army, issuing body. (2006). Nisei linguists : Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II.

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa Library’s Archives & Manuscripts Department has a collection on Japanese American veterans to learn more about the nisei soldiers.

https://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/departments/archives/mss/aja/

The Marines, the United States Marine Corps’ has an article of Mr. Takejiro Higa when he visited Okinawa 69 years after he saved lives from lives from the caves.

Marines. (December 16, 2014). U.S. Army, Battle of Okinawa veteran visits cave where he saved lives. Retrieved from http://www.marines.mil/News/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Display/Article/558222/us-army-battle-of-okinawa-veteran-visits-cave-where-he-saved-lives/

Interviews with Takejiro Higa at the Go For Broke National Education Center site.