|Hitoshi Toru Mukai|
Hitoshi Toru Mukai (Poston 5-1-B) was born on September 17, 1923 in Venice, California to immigrant parents, Churo H. and Yae Mukai. In 1926, his family moved to Huntington Beach and they were one of the original farming families in Orange County. Toru graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1942.
Prior to his high school graduation ceremony, Toru, his parents, and brother, Shiyohei and sister, Setsuko, were evacuated from Huntington Beach. They arrived at Poston, Arizona on May 15, 1942 where they were incarcerated during World War II.
After the war, Toru and his family returned to Huntington Beach on October 19, 1945 and resumed operating the Mukai Nursery. His sister, Setsuko found employment in Philadelphia and left Poston a few months earlier on July 24, 1945. For most of his adult life, Toru owned and operated the Mukai Nursery.
Toru died at the age of 88 years on March 19, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sadako, and their daughters Gail, Laurie (Mark Yamada) and Ellen(Jeffry) Yonemura; and daughter Wendy (John) Petrouski.