SHIBA, WILLIAM "BILL" (1921-2012)


Bill Shiba

William (Bill) Shiba was the oldest of six children born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba, immigrants from Japan. on December 13, 1921 in Cutler, California. He worked on the family farm. In August 1942, he, his parents, and siblings were evacuated from Cutler and incarcerated a the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 3. Bill was the block 309 Girls softball Team coach, and he built a friendship with Marie Kawamura. 
     Bob and Marie were married on January 29, 1946 in Chicago and shortly later, he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He served in the 82nd Field Artillery Battalion and upon his honorable discharge, he and Marie settled in Cutler. They raised four children, and farmed, and tended to his orchards and fields. Bob and Maria enjoyed 64 happy years together.
 
William (Bill) Shiba died on July 4, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie (September 2009). 
     He is survived by his children, Patricia (David) Kiefer of Manhattan Beach, Martin (Diana) Shiba of Oakland, Kris Shiba of Clovis, Virginia (Chris) Young  of Dinuba; and his brother Bob Shiba of Fresno; and his sisters, Mickey Tsujihara of Petaluma, Amy Kiritani of Fresno, Keiko Tai of Honolulu, Hawaii and Rose (Herb) Abe of Orosi.

SHIBA, BOB SHIRO (1923-2015)

Bob Shiba
     Bob Shiro Shiba was born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba, immigrants from Japan on January 23, 1923, in Dinuba, California. In August 1942, he was evacuated from Orosi with his parents and siblings. They were incarcerated at the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 3 and lived at 309-12-A. On March 25, 1943, he left Poston with his older brother, William, and went to work in Longmont, Colorado.
     Bob married Mary, and they raised their two sons, Joey and Craig and farmed in the Cutler-Orosi area.  They raised lettuce, grapes, cotton, nectarines, peaches, plums, watermelons, and citrus.  
     Bob Shiba died on December 12, 2015, at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his older brother, William "Bill" in 2012.  
     He is survived by his son, Joey (Debbie); grandchildren, Craig, Bradley, and Claire Shiba; and his sisters, Mickey, Amy, Rose, and Keiko.
Bob Shiro Shiba passed away on December 12, 2015, in the comfort of his home with loved ones by his side at the age of 92. He was born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba on January 23, 1923, in Dinuba, CA. Bob farmed his entire life in the Cutler-Orosi area. He was one of the many, many great farmers from Cutler-Orosi. Bob, along with his wife Mary, raised their two sons, Joey and Craig. Over his lifetime, Bob grew lettuce, grapes, cotton, nectarines, peaches, plums, watermelons, and finally citris. Bob sure knew how to farm! Most of all, Bob loved all of his family and friends and will be missed by all. Bob is survived by his son, Joey and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Craig, Bradley, and Claire Shiba; sisters, Mickey, Amy, Rose, and Keiko; and many nieces and nephews and their children. He love you all. The family would like to thank his loving and caring staff of caregivers during his final months. A Graveside Service will be held at Smith Mountain Cemetery on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fresnobee/obituary.aspx?n=bob-shiro-shiba&pid=177190218#sthash.T1nnAcdp.dpuf
Bob Shiro Shiba passed away on December 12, 2015, in the comfort of his home with loved ones by his side at the age of 92. He was born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba on January 23, 1923, in Dinuba, CA. Bob farmed his entire life in the Cutler-Orosi area. He was one of the many, many great farmers from Cutler-Orosi. Bob, along with his wife Mary, raised their two sons, Joey and Craig. Over his lifetime, Bob grew lettuce, grapes, cotton, nectarines, peaches, plums, watermelons, and finally citris. Bob sure knew how to farm! Most of all, Bob loved all of his family and friends and will be missed by all. Bob is survived by his son, Joey and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Craig, Bradley, and Claire Shiba; sisters, Mickey, Amy, Rose, and Keiko; and many nieces and nephews and their children. He love you all. The family would like to thank his loving and caring staff of caregivers during his final months. A Graveside Service will be held at Smith Mountain Cemetery on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fresnobee/obituary.aspx?n=bob-shiro-shiba&pid=177190218#sthash.T1nnAcdp.dpuf
Bob Shiro Shiba passed away on December 12, 2015, in the comfort of his home with loved ones by his side at the age of 92. He was born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba on January 23, 1923, in Dinuba, CA. Bob farmed his entire life in the Cutler-Orosi area. He was one of the many, many great farmers from Cutler-Orosi. Bob, along with his wife Mary, raised their two sons, Joey and Craig. Over his lifetime, Bob grew lettuce, grapes, cotton, nectarines, peaches, plums, watermelons, and finally citris. Bob sure knew how to farm! Most of all, Bob loved all of his family and friends and will be missed by all. Bob is survived by his son, Joey and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Craig, Bradley, and Claire Shiba; sisters, Mickey, Amy, Rose, and Keiko; and many nieces and nephews and their children. He love you all. The family would like to thank his loving and caring staff of caregivers during his final months. A Graveside Service will be held at Smith Mountain Cemetery on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fresnobee/obituary.aspx?n=bob-shiro-shiba&pid=177190218#sthash.T1nnAcdp.dpuf


Bob Shiro Shiba passed away on December 12, 2015, in the comfort of his home with loved ones by his side at the age of 92. He was born to Kichisaburo and Toshiye Shiba on January 23, 1923, in Dinuba, CA. Bob farmed his entire life in the Cutler-Orosi area. He was one of the many, many great farmers from Cutler-Orosi. Bob, along with his wife Mary, raised their two sons, Joey and Craig. Over his lifetime, Bob grew lettuce, grapes, cotton, nectarines, peaches, plums, watermelons, and finally citris. Bob sure knew how to farm! Most of all, Bob loved all of his family and friends and will be missed by all. Bob is survived by his son, Joey and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Craig, Bradley, and Claire Shiba; sisters, Mickey, Amy, Rose, and Keiko; and many nieces and nephews and their children. He love you all. The family would like to thank his loving and caring staff of caregivers during his final months. A Graveside Service will be held at Smith Mountain Cemetery on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fresnobee/obituary.aspx?n=bob-shiro-shiba&pid=177190218#sthash.T1nnAcdp.dpuf

SHIBA, KIYOHIKO "K" (1922-2015)

Kiyohiko “K” Shiba, was the oldest child born to Seijiro and Kazue Shiba in Cutler, California on June 14, 1922.  He was a 1940 graduate of Orosi High School. During World War II, he was evacuated with his parents and siblings from Orosi and incarcerated at the  the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 3, block 309. He married
K. Shiba

Lydia Nagata of Dinuba, California in 1950.  They moved to Kerman, California where he worked as an associate engineer for the Kerman Telephone Company and raised three young children. In 1963, they moved their family to Sacramento where K worked as an associate telecommunications engineer for the State of California Department of Transportation and their daughter, Nancy was born. He retired in 1986 after working 23 years. During the summer, the family returned to Cutler to his parents’ peach farm to help with the harvest.
K. was a life-long learner who loved to read and solve problems. He enjoyed the outdoors – working in his garden and watching hummingbirds, and he was a talented woodworker and handyman. K was a humble man who had a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor; he loved to laugh,
     K Shiba, alongtime resident of Sacramento, died on November 22, 2015 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his sister Ruby of Los Angeles.
     He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lydia; son David (Debra) of Modesto; daughter Kathie (Jeff) of Maryville, Tenn.; son, Kenneth of Sacramento; and daughter, Nancy of Sacramento; his brothers, George (Jean) of Orosi, Ben of Visalia, and John (Linda) of  Cutler; and his sisters, Julie of Visalia, Midori of Visalia, and Miyuki of Las Vegas.

He leaves his grandchildren: Rebecca of Sacramento, Sara (Jeff) of Denver, Ty and Megan of Oakland, Michael and Bonnie of Richmond Hill, Ga., Sarah (Brent) of Kernersville, N.C., Crystal and Brad of Lafayette, La, Debra Marie and Tony of Chico, Bryan of San Francisco, Steven of Santa Clara,and Jacob of Maryville, Tenn., and 8 great-grandchildren.

KINOSHIGA, GEORGE JIRO (1924-1997)


19th MP’s building dedicated to ‘Mr. CID’

Bldg. 1411 at 1045 Kelly Road is a newly constructed facility at South Range
19th Military Police Battalion
(Criminal Investigation Division (CID)

CWO-4 George J Kinoshita
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII — Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Jiro Kinoshita, was born October 13, 1924, in Bakersfield, California to Tomoichi and Chiyoko Kinoshita. He with his parents and siblings (a family of ten), suffered the injustice and indignity of being confined to one of the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 1 (6-4-CD) which the U.S. government created after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942.
     George Kinoshita was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 19, 1946.  He honorably performed his duties as a Soldier, initially serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in Japan.  He rose in the ranks from non-commissioned officer to Chief Warrant Officer.
During the Korean War, he was attached to the 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps, and  wounded in combat during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter. He was decorated for heroism with the award of the Bronze Star Medal.
     The citation for the award of the Bronze Star with “V” device, as reflected in General Orders Number 136, Oct. 26, 1956, reads as follows: 
Awarded Bronze Star


 “Warrant Officer Junior Grade George J. Kinoshita, W2136012, United States Army, a member of the 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Team, is cited for heroic action against the armed enemy near Yongsan, Korea, on 3 September 1950.  While on duty with Headquarters, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, Warrant Officer Kinoshita was on a mission near Yongsan screening refugees.  He discovered three enemy Soldiers among the refugees.  The refugees informed him that there were others in a nearby house.  Warrant Officer Kinoshita took a patrol to the house and became engaged in a fierce fire fight. In the fight, Warrant Officer Kinoshita killed four of the enemy and forced others to flee to a wooded mountain area.  He vigorously continued the action under fire until seriously wounded and evacuated.  The heroism displayed by Warrant Officer Kinoshita on this occasion reflects great credit on himself and the military service.”
WOJG George Kinoshita
     CW4 Kinoshita remained in the Counter-Intelligence Corps until 1952, when he married Chieko Yonemoto, a Japanese National, at which time he transferred to, and started his 23 year career with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).  In total, his military career spanned 29 years, until his retirement on Oct. 31, 1975.
      George Kinoshita was instrumental in leading the professionalization and reorganization of Army Criminal Investigation sections from the Garrison Provost Marshal Office to its consolidation under newly formed CID Regions in 1965. This realignment led to the centralization and creation of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in 1971.
     Known affectionately as “Mr. CID,” Kinoshita was routinely praised as an outstanding, dedicated, enthusiastic, competent, inspiring, reliable, exceptional professional. His
promotion record is a simple indicator of his excellence and leadership abilities. He was promoted from Private to Private First Class, March 1, 1947; promoted to Corporal, April 1, 1947; promoted to Sergeant, July 1, 1947; and then, on Dec. 23, 1947, was promoted to Warrant Officer Junior Grade.  He left a legacy for all agents to
admire.
     George Kinoshita’s ties to the Pacific Theater and the 19th Military Police Battalion’s area of operations are numerous. His first CID assignment was with the 44th Military Police Detachment (Counter-Intelligence) in 1952 in Japan.  From 1966 to 1974, Kinoshita successively served as the Commander of the 521st Military Police Detachment, Camp Zama, Japan; Commander of the 523rd Military Police  Detachment, Korea; and culminated his career in the Pacific stationed at Fort Shafter.
     While in Hawaii, George Kinoshita served initially in the U.S. Army-Pacific Provost Marshal Office, and then as the First Operations officer of the newly created 4th Region (Group), U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC). His final assignment was at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, where he served as Operations Officer, 6th Military Police Region (Group), and then after the Commander of the San Francisco Field Office was relieved following a failed Inspector General (IG) inspection in 1974, Kinoshita was assigned as the First Warrant Officer to command a Field Grade Command, and the office passed its re-inspection with flying colors.
     Kinoshita and his wife, Chieko, had four children, Kay Kinoshita-Pawlowski, George Kinoshita Jr., Gail Nakasone, and Marilyn Kinoshita (Morales).  After military retirement, the Kinoshita family lived in Mililani, becoming an active part of their local community.
     George J. Kinoshita passed away on August 10, 1997, and is laid to rest in the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery. In 2008, Kinoshita was inducted into the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USA CIDC) Hall of Fame.
     His awards and decorations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak leaf cluster with “V” device, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak leaf clusters, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze service star, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2nd Award), United Nations Service Medal (with Korea clasp), Korean War Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II, Expert Badge with Pistol Bar, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar, and the Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze star.

Source: http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2015/06/09/19th-mps-building-dedicated-to-mr-cid/

YAMAMOTO, ASAE (OYABU) (1907-2015)



      Asae (Oyabu) Yamamoto (Poston 219-8-AB) was born in May 1907 in Japan, the only daughter born to Fusakichi Kinoshita and Tokue Oyabu. She immigrated to the United States in 1922.
      After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the signing of Executive Order 9066, Asae’s husband, Naozo Yamamoto, a farm laborer who had immigrated from Japan in 1907, was picked up by the FBI as a “suspect alien” and incarcerated at the Department of Justice internment camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Asae Yamamoto and her six daughters (ages 6-14 years), were evacuated from their home in Salinas, California, to the Salinas Assembly Center.  They were transported by train and incarcerated at the Poston, Arizona concentration camp 2, and arrived on June 30, 1942. Naozo Yamamoto was granted parole and joined his family at Poston on August 1, 1942. The girls attended school at Poston camp 2. 
     The entire Yamamoto family left Poston, Arizona on August 30, 1945 and went to Bridgeton, New Jersey to for work at the Seabrook Farms. Asae Yamamoto worked many years in the Packing Department, and was a member of the Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Seabrook Christian Church, and the Seabrook J.A.C.L. She was a great cook who loved to work in her garden, adept at crocheting, knitting and sewing, and a devoted Philadelphia Phillies fan.
     Asae Yamamoto, 108, of Elmer, New Jersey, died on June 22, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Naozo Yamamoto (1983); daughter, Esther Ono; grandsons, Russell Ono, Gregory Ono; infant granddaughter, Karen Taniguchi; and sons-in-law, Masaaki Ono, James Sakamoto, Yuji Sawamura, and Shigeo Sawamura. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Sakamoto, Frances Sawamura, Alice Sawamura, Grace (Jim) Taniguchi, and Mae (Sam) Hashimoto; 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.
Source: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/southjerseytimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=175155892