A list of Big Island’s Korean War dead

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Volunteer Bob Lovin of the Akaka Falls Lions Club applied a sealant and enhancer to the outside of the new Korean War Memorial Friday in preparation for Saturday’s dedication.

The following are the names, rank, branch, unit, hometown and date of Big Island military killed in action during the Korean War:

Lt. Peter E. Arioli Jr., Navy, 7th Marine Regiment, Waimea, Dec. 3, 1950*


Pfc. Hiroshi Asada, Army, 27th Infantry Regiment, Mountain View, Aug. 10, 1952

Pfc. Albert Asau, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, March 8, 1951

Cpl. David Aspili, Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, Olaa, Aug. 10, 1952*

Pfc. Douglas A. Burke, Army, 21st Infantry Regiment, Honokaa, Oct. 15, 1951

Sgt. 1st Class Justin M. DeMello Jr., Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Hilo, Sept. 18, 1950

Sgt. Julio Figueroa, Army, 65th Infantry Regiment, Olaa, Aug. 15, 1952

Pfc. Yoshimi Fukumoto, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Kapoho, April 18, 1951

Pfc. Alfredo Gajeton, Army, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Honomu, July 17, 1950

2nd Lt. Raymond T. Goto, Army, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Honomu, June 19, 1953

Pfc. Raymond A. Haili, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Honaunau, April 8, 1953

Pvt. Isaac K. Hale, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Kapoho, July 12, 1951

Pvt. Paulino E. Hernaez, Army, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Halaula, May 30, 1951

Pfc. Rin Hiraoka, Army, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, Paauilo, Dec. 6, 1950

Pfc. Wilfred K. Hussey Jr., Army, 31st Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Dec. 12, 1950*

Pfc. Yukinobu Ito, Army, 160th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Oct. 28, 1952

Cpl. Basil M. Kaapana, Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Naalehu, Sept. 18, 1950

Pfc. Herman B. Kamai, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Sept. 10, 1950

Pvt. Benjamin S. Kamoku, Army, 24th Quartermaster Co. Division, Hilo, July 20, 1950*

Cpl. Samuel K. Keomaka, Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Hilo, Aug. 21, 1950

Pfc. Masayuki Kihara, Army, 7th Infantry Regiment, Hawi, Sept. 15, 1952

Cpl. David A. Kuikahi, Army, 7th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, March 30, 1952

Sgt. 1st Class Minoru Kunieda, Army, 17th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Feb. 28, 1951

Pfc. Kiyomitsu Kutsunai, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Hilo, April 26, 1951

Pfc. Aurelio Mateo, Army, 38th Infantry Regiment, Kohala, May 18, 1951*

Pfc. Heishin Matsuda, Army, 15th Infantry Regiment, Kapaau, April 26, 1951

Cpl. Jun Matsushige, Army, 223rd Infantry Regiment, Ninole, Nov. 13, 1952

Pfc. John Mitchell Jr., Army, 8th Army Ranger Co. (Airborne), Hawi, Jan. 12, 1951

Pfc. Tamotsu Miyashiro, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Hilo, May 18, 1951

Pfc. Koichi Moriwaki, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Kurtistown, Sept. 20, 1950

Pvt. Ernest A. Nagai, Army, 27th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Oct. 4, 1952

Pfc. Seinojo R. Nakatani, Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Hilo, Sept. 1, 1950

Pfc. Richard K. Nirei, Army, 180th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, March 11, 1953

Pfc. Suetoshi Ogata, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Big Island, Sept. 19, 1951*

Pfc. Clifford H. Okinaga, Army, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Kealakekua, Aug. 15, 1952

Cpl. James Pacheco, Army, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Oct. 24, 1952

Cpl. Esmenio Panela, Army, 32nd Infantry Regiment. Hilo, Dec, 2, 1950

Pfc. Wilson Park, Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Hilo, Aug. 9, 1950

Cpl. Fred H. Peters, Army, 5th Regimental Combat Team, Hilo, Sept. 24, 1950

Pvt. Fernando Rivera Jr., Army, 34th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, July 20, 1050*

Pfc. Gilbert Santiago, Marines, 7th Marine Regiment, Hilo, Nov. 7, 1952

Pfc. Shingo E. Shimabukuro, Army, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Feb. 14, 1951

Pvt. Herbert H. Suzuki, Army, 34th Infantry Regiment, Papaaloa, Aug. 7, 1950

Pfc. Harry F. Takeuchi, Army, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, Papaaloa, Dec. 26, 1950*

Sgt. 1st Class Masao Tayama, Army, 10th Military Police Co., Papaikou, June 28, 1953

Pvt. Gilbert M. Travis Jr., Army, 17th Infantry Regiment, Honokaa, Oct. 7, 1952

Sgt. Mitsuo Uemura, Army, 532nd Signal Construction Co., Hilo, Nov. 16, 1950

Cpl. Konomu Ura, Army, 179th Infantry Regiment, Kurtistown, June 29, 1952*

Pvt. Raymond M. Vincent, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Hilo, Oct. 13, 1951

Sgt. 1st. Class Nobuji Yamagata, Army, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Kealakekua, Oct. 4, 1951

Pfc. Yeiji Yamaguchi, Army, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Pepeekeo, Aug. 9, 1951

Pfc. Gary K. Yasunaka, Army, 19th Infantry Regiment, Ka‘u, April 25, 1951*

* denotes remains not recovered

The following is a list of non-combat-related deaths of Big Island military in Korean War:

Cpl. Hiroshi Hagino, Army, 31st Infantry Regiment, Hilo, May 17, 1952

Sgt. John Chung J. Kim, Marines, 1st Service Battalion Marine, Hilo, Feb. 5, 1952

Pfc. Daniel Maldonado, Army, 2nd Armored Reconnaisance Co., Pepeekeo, April 22, 1951


Pvt. Barbatim Morante, Army, 2nd Signal Co. Division, Pahoa, April 26, 1951

Pvt. Yoshikio Tengan, Army, 10th Field Artillery Battalion, Haina, June 28, 1953

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