World War II veteran retains memory by sharing his stories with students

They are American heroes… World War II veterans who gave of themselves to provide a better life for our community and country.

A local survivor is one of the few remaining who continue to share his experiences with our keiki.

Herbert Yanamura is an 88-year-old World War II veteran whose commitment to service never ended.

“I think its our responsibility to be here to tell the story,” Yanamura said.

The story of honor, sacrifice, and triumph of the millions of men and women who fought for our country in the second world war.

As a member of the 442nd and Military Intelligence Service, Mr. Yanamura was recognized with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal and lives to tell the tale about his experiences for students.

“They need to learn what its all about and what it means… I wished we had more participants,” Yanamura said.

Fourth graders from Alvah Scott Elementary visited with the Kona native who grew up on a coffee farm and enlisted as a senior in high school.

“It was really fun and it was kind of really cool to actually see a person that actually represented our country,” fourth grade student Arielle Domingo said.

“It happened a long time ago and you want to keep that history going on and on,” fourth grade student Dreighton Akamine-Rabaino said.

The veteran’s administration says these war heroes are dying at a rate of 600 a day, but these stories live on.

“You start losing a lot of your memories and it’s difficult, I don’t know how to, how you can work on it to retain your memory…unless one way is to keep talking about it to people,” Yanamura said.

WWII Nisei veterans are meeting with students at Bishop Museum’s Congressional Gold Medal Exhibit through next week.

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