On September 26, 1943, Sgt. Joseph Shigeo Takata became the first of the 100th Infantry Battalion to be killed in action. As noted in the 1976 memorial service address by Yasuo Takata about that day, "as he climbed the ridge, a German 88 gun unit spotted him and began shelling. The shells followed him as he climbed up and down the ridge. During this skirmish, a shell fragment caught him in the head. Amidst the cries for the medics, I heard him calling to his corporal to take over. Joe gave the corporal his orders and told him to Carry On! Carry On! Carry On! Three times he cried ‘Carry On!’ before his voice faded away.”
On January 28, in our first event of 2023, descendants of the 100th Infantry Battalion and special guests gathered at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans' Clubhouse on Kamoku Street, to reaffirm their commitment to "Carry On" to fight for freedom, equality, and to energize the Club 100’s motto to give back to the community - "For Continuing Service."
We enjoyed a wonderfully informative presentation by guest speaker David Fukuda, son of Major Mitsuyoshi "Mits" Fukuda, and were touched to hear a speech by Mark Takahashi, son of Captain Sakae Takahashi.
David Fukuda, son of Major Mitsuyoshi "Mits" Fukuda, delivers an informative presentation.
Mark Takahashi (son of Captain Sakae Takahashi) and David Fukuda (son of Major Mits Fukuda).
We were honored that Executive Vice President Diane Murakami and Senior Vice President Jon Teraizumi of Central Pacific Bank, joined us to present the gift of a replica of their “Legacy Wall,” which highlights the contributions of the World War II AJA soldiers and how they used their “can-do” attitude to build a bank for people of all colors.
Dr. Dennis Hirota, president of Sam O. Hirota, Inc., who served on the Board of Directors of Central Pacific Bank for over 30 years, gave an emotional speech in remembrance of his close friend, Sakae Takahashi, and how they worked together on building CPB.
Unveiling of the "Legacy Wall" replica, presented by Central Pacific Bank Executive Vice President Diane Murakami.
Dr. Dennis Hirota gives an emotional speech in remembrance of his close friend, Sakae Takahashi.
100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Treasurer and Education Committee representative Kathi Hayashi shared how the CPB Legacy Wall will showcase the power of Possibility Thinking, and the values of the 100th Infantry Battalion, to our members, students and Clubhouse visitors. She introduced an educational partnership called “Legacy2Action,” of our organization with ‘Iolani School and the University of Hawai‘i Center of Aging.
Unveiling of the Central Pacific Bank "Legacy Wall" replica at the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans clubhouse.
The event concluded with the traditional cake cutting ceremony by our 2023-'24 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Executive Board of Directors.
2023-'24 Executive Board of Directors hold the cake cutting ceremony to end our first event of 2023.
We thank all of our guest speakers, special guests, members, and invited attendees, for a heartwarming afternoon spent in the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse.
Special guests, members, and invited attendees at the "Remembering the Past while looking to the Future" event.