グレッグ・K・カケサコ

(Gregg K. Kakesako)

Gregg K. Kakesako worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Gannett News Service as a congressional correspondent, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for more than four decades as a government, political and military affairs reporter, and assistant city editor.

Updated August 2022

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80 Years of 100th — Part 2

Read Part 1 >> Although Albert Matsumoto, 97, never served in combat, he still maintained close ties to his fellow 100th Infantry Battalion soldiers, according to his daughter Sheila Wakai. He joined the unit in 1945 and served for two years in Italy. Because he was divorced and lived alone in a condominium a block from the Club 100 clubhouse, Matsumoto looked forward to getting together daily with fellow veterans to have breakfast and spend the day. To show his devotion, Wakai said, her father paid for a lifetime membership for her, her sister and three grandchildren so they could …

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80 Years of 100th — Part 1

The 80th Anniversary Committee of the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans organization compiled a list of known survivors here and on the mainland who served in the World War II 100th Infantry Battalion. With this publication there are 12 known surviving Nisei warriors—nine in Hawai‘i and three on the mainland. Working with the committee here and the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles, The Hawai‘i Herald tried to reach the 12. Four of the 100th Infantry Battalion veterans’ families lost everything when they were among the 120,000 West Coast Japanese A…

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Two Hawai‘i Soldiers Receive Medal of Honor

Surrounded and stranded for two days in a forbidden Laotian South Vietnamese firebase, the country’s newest Medal of Honor recipient—Kaua‘i-born Spec. 5 Dennis M. Fujii—described the operation and rescue mission as the scariest he experienced in his nearly three years of combat and believed it would be his last. Fujii, 74, and Staff Sgt. Edward Noboru Kaneshiro—who also fought in the Vietnam War more than half a century ago—were the latest recipients of the nation’s highest military award for valor—the Medal of Honor. Kaneshiro, who was 38 ye…

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