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SSgt Tomosu Hirahara

SSgt Tomosu Hirahara

Birth
Death 15 Oct 1944 (aged 20–21)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 30 Grave 50
Memorial ID 56373019 · View Source
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Related to Mr. Ernest K. Hirahara who resided in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tomosu served as a Staff Sergeant, 442nd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Hawaii prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 30, 1943. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as aa Checker and also as Single, without dependents.

On October 14, 1944 the 442nd Infantry, along with the 100th Infantry Battalion (attached), were assigned to liberate Bruyeres, France which was considered a gateway to entering Germany during the war. They were tasked to attack, what was called at that time, Hill's A, B, C, and D. Each hill was heavily guarded, as each hill was key in order to take and secure Bruyeres. Hitler had ordered the German frontline to fight at all costs as this was the last barrier between the Allied forces and Germany.

Tomosu was "Killed In Action" during the fighting in and around Bruyeres, France during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 30106405

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Information on SSgt Tomosu Hirahara being one of eleven Japanese-Americans interred at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56373019
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Tomosu Hirahara (1923–15 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56373019, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .