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OUR DEPARTED COMRADES

Kaoru Muraoka

LEST WE FORGET

Apr. 19, 1921 – Sept. 16, 2017 Kaoru Muraoka of Pukalani, Maui,

Masaru Okubo

Robert Yukio Nishida

Aug. 11, 1923 – Mar. 26, 2017

Sept. 14, 1925 – July 8, 2017

passed away on Sept. 16, 2017, at the age of 96. Kaoru was born on April 19, 1921, the eldest of seven children born to Tomoyuki and Shizuyo Muraoka.

Masaru Okubo of Kahului, passed

Robert Yukio Nishida passed away

Kaoru finished high school in 1939, the

away peacefully on March 26, 2017.

on July 8, 2017, at Maui Memorial

last class to graduate from Wailuku

Mr. Okubo, 93, was born on Aug. 11,

Medical Center. Mr. Nishida, 91, was

Intermediate School (Wailuku High

1923, in Pe‘ahi, Maui, to Keiso and

born on Sept. 14, 1925, the second

School).

Masano Okubo.

of six children born to Zenzo and

Mr. Okubo served in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). He was

Harumo Nishida of Pukalani. Completed the 8th grade at

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Mr. Muraoka worked several jobs, ending up as a teller

inducted into service on Feb. 13, 1945,

Makawao School, he left school to

with Bishop Bank in Kahului. Then in

at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu

help his father with the farming

August 1944 he was drafted and sent

before being sent to the MIS

business and, along with his father

to Wahiawa with the 13th Replacement

Language School at Fort Snelling,

and uncle, started Maui Farmer’s

Depot. He trained at Camp Fannin,

Minnesota, where he stayed from

Cooperative Exchange in Wailuku.

Texas, before being called overseas

September 1945 to January 1946. He

At the age of 19, Mr. Nishida was

to the European Theatre. Toward the

then served almost a year in Japan

drafted and chosen for language

end of the war, he was finally assigned

with the U.S. Army Occupation

school at Schofield Barracks

to the 442nd Regimental Combat

Forces. Mr. Okubo received the

in Honolulu. He was selected

Team – Service Company. He earned

Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World

for assignment to the Counter

the European-African-Middle Eastern

War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct

Intelligence Corps and shipped out

Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct

Medal, and Army of Occupation

to Saipan where he interrogated

Medal and the World War II Victory

Medal. He was honorably discharged

Japanese prisoners of war.

Medal. He was honorably discharged

on Jan. 5, 1947, with the rank of

Immediately after Imperial Japan’s

with the rank of staff sergeant on Nov.

Private First Class.

surrender, he was sent to Nagasaki

12, 1946.

Upon his return from military

to reconnoiter the city before

Back in Hawai‘i, Mr. Muraoka returned

service, Mr. Okubo worked for HC&S

entry by U.S. troops. He served an

to his job at Bishop Bank and continued

as a heavy equipment mechanic. He

11-month tour of duty in Japan.

there for 17 years. In the early 60s,

would later retire from HC&S after a

Mr. Nishida continued his

47-year career.

he worked for his brother, Seiji, who

education by getting his GED

owned Maui Book Store in Wailuku. He

and vocational training and

learned how to repair typewriters and

death by his loving wife of 66

correspondence accounting

adding machines at Remington Rand in

years, Mrs. Kinue Okubo. He is

degrees. He later worked as a

Honolulu. Then in 1965 Seiji offered to

survived by his son, Paul (Adrienne)

purchasing agent at Kula Hospital,

sell the repair business to Kaoru, who

Okubo; daughters, Robyne (Paul)

Maui Memorial Hospital, and

took advantage of the opportunity and

Tokunaga and Cheryl Okubo; four

Maluhia Hospital on O‘ahu. He

opened Business Equipment in Wailuku.

grandchildren; and sister, Harue

retired in 1977.

He operated the business until his

Mr. Okubo was preceded in

Kobayashi. He is also survived by his

Mr. Nishida was predeceased

retirement in 2009.

sisters-in-law, Miyo Okubo and Mary

by his wife of 54 years, Tsugiko

Okubo, as well as by an aunt, Shizuko

Nishida. He is survived by

Fujie; daughters, Sharon (Dick) Kamita,

Okubo.

his daughter, Arlene (James)

Joyce Muraoka, and Donna (Russell)

Puailihau, and son, Kerry (Paula)

Ando; and son, John. He is also survived

Nishida. He is also survived by

by grandchildren, Alison Vixaysakd,

five grandchildren and two sisters,

Jason Kamita, and Jessica Ando; and

Hatsue Tsukamoto and Thelma

great grandchildren, Evan Vixaysakd

Montgomery.

and Emme Vixaysakd.

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Mr. Muraoka is survived by his wife,

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