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TURK TETSUO TOKITA / 1920-2014


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Governors relied on 442nd vet as key ally

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 09, 2014

~~<p>Turk Tetsuo Tokita, who earned two Purple Hearts fighting for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II and became a trusted political ally on Kauai to four Demo&shy;cratic governors, died Saturday in Lihue. He was 94.</p>
<p>Shy before the war, Tokita was among the young Japa&shy;nese-Americans who returned to the islands from the battlefield with the confidence and drive to transform Hawaii politics.</p>
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Turk Tetsuo Tokita, who earned two Purple Hearts fighting for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II and became a trusted political ally on Kauai to four Demo­cratic governors, died Saturday in Lihue. He was 94.

Shy before the war, Tokita was among the young Japa­nese-Americans who returned to the islands from the battlefield with the confidence and drive to transform Hawaii politics. Login for more...



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