Hero ShiosakiJRM Foundation
Hero Shiosaki, 2013 Medalist
Nominated by: Chris Nowacki
World War II veteran, Hero Shiosaki was born on August 8,1911 to Japanese immigrant parents Kiichi and Itsuko Shiosaki. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1937 and worked for his father on the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1939, he graduated from the University of Idaho Southern Branch in auto body repair before joining the Army in March of 1942. Hero served with the 442 with the initial campaign of the liberation of Rome and all the way to the Gothic line. From there he went on to France during the battle of Vosges Mountain and the rescue of the “Lost Battalion” of the 36th Texas division. Hero earned the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater of Operation Ribbon with 5 campaign stars, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star. After returning to Blackfoot, Hero married Martha Tanaka and had two sons Cary and Randy. Among his many credits, Hero has been a member of the Japanese American Citizens League since 1940 and was appointed in 1969 to the Governor’s Human Rights Commission, where he served for 15 years. Hero has lectured to more than 200 History and Government classes about the evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, and has conducted the Memorial Day services at the Pocatello Cemetery for 442 deceased over the last 40 years.
The nomination for Hero Shiosaki, submitted by Chris Nowacki, stated: “The list for this 92 year old World War II veteran goes on and on and 1500 words would just be a start to tell about the people he has helped and mentored young and old. He’s helped make our community, state and nation a better place to live. Hero doesn’t realize it but he has impacted my life in a huge way and I’m sure it’s made me a better person just by knowing him. I’m proud and fortunate to have him call me his friend, and he is for sure my “Idaho Hometown Hero”.
Among his many credits, Hero has been a member of the Japanese American Citizens League since 1940 and was appointed in 1969 to the Governor’s Human Rights Commission, where he served for 15 years. In April of 2012, Hero was awarded with the Distinguished Man of the year by the area chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hero went on to win at the Regional level and placed third at the National level at Washington DC.
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