Nisei Impact: Ohana recalls family member as true American who fought heroically in World War II
By L. Kensington Ono Special to the Star-Advertiser
April 11, 2022
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COURTESY JAN NADAMOTO
Gerome Hirata, third from the left, gathers around a makeshift fire at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin with members of his battalion. The winter temperatures at McCoy were constantly around 37 degrees, which was cold for Hawaii-born soldiers.
L. KENSINGTON ONO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Gerome Hirata’s nieces Eileen Hirota and Gracie Matsuo pose at his grave site at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Hirata’s remains were first buried in Italy and then repatriated to Hawaii in 1949.
COURTESY HARRIS HIRATA
Gerome Hirata poses with his family shortly before his parents and younger sister left the United States for Japan. They would never see each other again. Front row (left to right): Hisako Hirata, Marion Jean Hirata, Shotaro Hirata, Misawo Hirata, Harris Hirata (on lap), Alma Hirata, Masako Hirata. Back row (left to right): James Masaki Hirata, Evelyn Naoye Hirata, Gerome Mitsuo Hirata, and Tadao Hirata.
L. Kensington Ono:
The Punahou sophomore is the great-grandniece of Gerome Mitsuo Hirata