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SSGT Bill Iwao Yamaji

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SSGT Bill Iwao Yamaji

Birth
Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA
Death
15 Jun 1944 (aged 23)
Italy
Burial
San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot
SECTION O SITE 1241
Memorial ID
3575981 View Source

Hayward Review
Hayward, Calif.
Tues., Aug. 1, 1944
Front Page

Yamaji Killed In Italy June 15; Born in Hayward

Staff Sergeant Bill Iwao Yamaji, 23, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sazo Yamaji, residents of the Granada, Colorado Relocation Center, was killed in action on June 15, 1944, in Italy, according to word received by his parents from the War Department.

Sergeant Yamaji, who volunterred for service in January, 1940, at Camp Bowie, Tex., was a member of Company K, 143rd Infantry, which went overseas from Camp Edwards, Mass., to North Africa in April, 1943. In September he went to the Italian war front where he met his death last month.

He was born in Hayward, and the family later moved to Mountain View, Calif., where they operated a berry farm. He received his grade and high school education in Mountain View schools.

Surviving him are two older sisters, Mrs. Kazoko Nakahara of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Alice Haruko Miyao of Little Rock, Ark., both wives of service men; two younger brothers, Tom in Chicago, Ill., who recently passed pre-induction physical examinations, and Frank in the Granada Relocation Center; and three younger sisters, Grace Sumiko in Cleveland, Ohio, Frances and Arlene in Granada Center.

The Yamajis voluntarily moved to Yuba City at the first order of evacuation, then were evacuated to the Marysville Assembly Center, then to Tule Lake Relocation, the Jerome, Arkansas Relocation Center and just recently to Granada--five moves in all since evacuation.Bill Yamaji was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Sazo Yamaji. His family moved from Hayward to Mountain View in the late 1930's and operated a berry farm. Bill attended Mountain View High School, graduating in 1939.

Bill volunteered for the Army in January 1940 and was trained at Camp Bowie, Texas as a member of Company K, 143rd Infantry. After Japan entered the war his parents were relocated with other Japanese-Americans to a camp near Granada, Colorado. Bill's unit went overseas from Camp Edwards, Massachusetts to North Africa in April 1943. By September 1943 they were ordered to participate in the invasion of Italy. Bill was killed in action 15 June 1944, fighting against the Germans in Italy. His parents learned of their son's death while living in the relocation camp in Colorado. After the war they returned to the Bay Area.

Bill's body was initially laid to rest in Italy, but in the spring of 1949 his family had his remains re-interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery.CENOTAPH

Hayward Review
Hayward, Calif.
Tues., Aug. 1, 1944
Front Page

Yamaji Killed In Italy June 15; Born in Hayward

Staff Sergeant Bill Iwao Yamaji, 23, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sazo Yamaji, residents of the Granada, Colorado Relocation Center, was killed in action on June 15, 1944, in Italy, according to word received by his parents from the War Department.

Sergeant Yamaji, who volunterred for service in January, 1940, at Camp Bowie, Tex., was a member of Company K, 143rd Infantry, which went overseas from Camp Edwards, Mass., to North Africa in April, 1943. In September he went to the Italian war front where he met his death last month.

He was born in Hayward, and the family later moved to Mountain View, Calif., where they operated a berry farm. He received his grade and high school education in Mountain View schools.

Surviving him are two older sisters, Mrs. Kazoko Nakahara of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Alice Haruko Miyao of Little Rock, Ark., both wives of service men; two younger brothers, Tom in Chicago, Ill., who recently passed pre-induction physical examinations, and Frank in the Granada Relocation Center; and three younger sisters, Grace Sumiko in Cleveland, Ohio, Frances and Arlene in Granada Center.

The Yamajis voluntarily moved to Yuba City at the first order of evacuation, then were evacuated to the Marysville Assembly Center, then to Tule Lake Relocation, the Jerome, Arkansas Relocation Center and just recently to Granada--five moves in all since evacuation.Bill Yamaji was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Sazo Yamaji. His family moved from Hayward to Mountain View in the late 1930's and operated a berry farm. Bill attended Mountain View High School, graduating in 1939.

Bill volunteered for the Army in January 1940 and was trained at Camp Bowie, Texas as a member of Company K, 143rd Infantry. After Japan entered the war his parents were relocated with other Japanese-Americans to a camp near Granada, Colorado. Bill's unit went overseas from Camp Edwards, Massachusetts to North Africa in April 1943. By September 1943 they were ordered to participate in the invasion of Italy. Bill was killed in action 15 June 1944, fighting against the Germans in Italy. His parents learned of their son's death while living in the relocation camp in Colorado. After the war they returned to the Bay Area.

Bill's body was initially laid to rest in Italy, but in the spring of 1949 his family had his remains re-interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery.CENOTAPH


Inscription

SSGT, 143 INF, 36 INF DIV WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details

NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Santa Clara County, California...Killed In Action...WWII dead returned from Tarquinia, Italy...Re-interred on 04/08/1949.

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