March 9, 2018

MIS Talk and Presentation Event held at Hamilton Library

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On March 7, 2018, Dr. Shinye Gima and Mr. Mark Matsunaga made separate presentations under the event titled “The Pacific War as seen by the Nisei soldiers of the Military Intelligence Service: (a) the Battle of Okinawa: a personal account & (b) the context.

The event started with a warm welcome by Prof. Masato Ishida at the  University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, who is also Director of the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS). Dr. Gima’s personal account of his experiences as a Nisei Military Intelligence Service (MIS) soldier followed. Dr. Gima, who was born in 1925 in Ewa, O‘ahu, but grew up in Maui, fought as a Nisei soldier with an American Japanese Ancestry (AJA) during the Pacific War. His brother, Noboru, who was born in Hawai‘i was in Okinawa when the war broke out. He was forced to fight against the Allied Forces as a member of Tekketsu kinnōtai (鉄血勤皇隊 = “Iron and Blood Troops of Loyal Followers of the Japanese Emperor”).

(Above Dr. Shinye Gima)

Mr. Mark Matsunaga

(Above Mr. Mark Matsunaga)

MIS event

(Fron the Right to Left: Professor Masato Ishida, COS Director; Dr. Shinye Gima; Mr. Albert Katsuyama; Mr. Mark Matsunaga; Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian)

MIS Related Resources [selected] (Citation in APA style)

  • Swift, David W. (2008). First class: Nisei linguists in World War II: origins of the Military Intelligence Service Language Program. San Francisco, Calif. : National Japanese American Historical Society.
  • McNaughton, James C. (2006). Nisei linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Washington, DC: Department of the Army.
  • The University of Colorado at Boulder’s US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School Archival Project (JSLP) http://lib-ebook.colorado.edu/sca/archives/interpreters.htm

December 1, 2017

Obituary: Takejiro Higa, Nisei soldier from Oahu

Filed under: events,news — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 12:00 AM

From Obituaries in Honolulu Star-Advertiser (November 26, 2017)

Takejiro Higa, “94, of Honolulu, a World War II veteran of the Military Intelligence Service and retired Internal Revenue Service Agent passed away on October 7, 2017….He was active in many civic and cultural organizations including the Jikoen Hongwanji Mission, Kita Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai, Hawaii United Okinawa Association and Hui Makaala.”

  • Memorial Service Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: Visitation at 10:00 AM, Service begins at 11:00AM
  • Place: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (30 N Kukui St, Honolulu, HI 96817)

For more information about Mr. Takejiro Higa and his life, please visit http://blog.hawaii.edu/okinawacollection/2017/10/09/takejiro-higa-nisei-soldier-from-oahu-passes-away/

 

 

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.