|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1941|
Jackie Yoneto Hirasaki was one of the civilians killed on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Jackie Yoneto Hirasaki was attending Sunday School when the attack occurred. There was an explosion on the grounds of the school and the teacher told his students to run home. Jackie ran a block away to the restaurant that his family owned at the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Kukui Street. After hearing what happened his mother, feeling this would be the safest place, told her three children to remain inside the restaurant. This decision his mother would live to regret, because later that morning another anti-aircraft shell landed at the restaurant and exploded. The explosion killed Jackie, his brother Robert Yoshito, his sister Shirley Kinue, and his father Jitsuo, and wounded his mother. His mother later recovered from the wounds she received. Also killed in the explosion was Jackie's cousin George Haruyuki Okada who was a student at St. Louis Gollege.
Jackie, his brother, his sister, and his father were cremated and their cremains were buried in one grave site at Diamond Head Memorial Park Cemetery. Jackie was 8 years old.
This was the largest loss of life from a single family, civilian or military, to die on the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl harbor.
Godspeed little Jackie . . .
Diamond Head Memorial Park
Created by: Zuzu*s Petals
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
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