Clarence Ihachiro Uno

Clarence Ihachiro Uno

Kanagawa, Japan
Death 21 Jan 1943 (aged 47)
Wyoming, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot X_6_40_5E2R
Memorial ID 110106948 · View Source
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Clarence Uno
Born in Japan in 1895. He came to Oakland, Calif. Jan 7. 1911 and was employed in a nursery. On June 26, 1918 he enlisted at Chico, Calif in the US Army and sailed with the American expeditionary forces from New York on August 6, 1918 landing at La Havre, France. He returned to New York on June 18, 1919 and was honorably discharged at Camp Presidio, San Francisco, on June 30, 1919.

Coming to Ogden, Utah in 1923, Mr Uno was secretary and accountant for Ban and Kariya company conducting a general merchandise business at 301 Twenty-Fourth street. Remaining with the firm until it retired from business in 1931. Mr. Uno in November of that year opened the Star Supply company, a general merchandise business at 2408 Grant avenue.

Mr. Uno was married in Ogden on September 18, 1926 to Osaka Teraoka and they had three children all born in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Uno was an expert on trial balances and financial statements. He was proficient in speaking and writing in the English Language. During his residence in Ogden he was active in assisting many of his countrymen acting as administrator of estates and guardian of children of deceased persons. He was active in establishing the Ogden Japanese Union church at Twenty Third and Jefferson December 3, 1927, and has been secretary of the board of trustees since its organization. He is a member of the International Japanese Association and the Herman Baker post American Legion Ogden. He promoted and helped establish sporting events in Ogden.

He was an outstanding citizen of Ogden Utah.

He applied for American citizenship in December 1935 under the provisions of an act of congress passed in June 1935 which provided that any alien inelligible for citizenship under the naturalization laws because of racial limitations may be naturalized if he enlisted in the United States Army for the world war prior to November 11, 1918 and rendered military service between the declaration of war April 6, 1917 and signifying of the armistice on November 11, 1918. The applicant must have been honorably discharged and have been a resident if the United States since the discharge. In 1936 Clarence Uno became Utah's first Japanese naturalized American citizen.

In 1937-38 Clarence Uno took a leading role in many civic affairs concerning the United States and their political endeavors.

In 1938, the family moved to El Monte, Calif., where Clarence Uno worked for the San Gabriel Valley Japanese Association.

Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, their home was searched, belongings confiscated and rights unilaterally usurped and recommended for evacuation and internment.

in early 1942 Clarence and his wife Osaka and their three children were interred in Heart Mountain Relocation center in Wyoming. Even then, he took a leading role in this process trying to assist his government and his Japanese American countrymen.

In 1943 his health failed and he died there on Jan 21, 1943.

Following his death, he was given an American Legion Service and cremated wearing his American Legion uniform.

At the internment camp ceremony his coffin was draped with an American flag to honor his military service.

It is unclear where he was initially buried, but later his remains were interred next to his wife's in the Salt Lake City Cemetery in 1995.

Burial: 8/26/1995

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  • Created by: Clifford Harold Pedersen
  • Added: 6 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110106948
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Ihachiro Uno (18 Aug 1895–21 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110106948, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Clifford Harold Pedersen (contributor 47678422) .