Misao (Yamano) Shiotsuka ( 1919-2016)

     Misao Yamano (Poston 215-2-A) was born on July 14, 1919, in San Jose, California. She was the eldest of four children of Shige and Teiichi Yamano. She attended schools in Gilroy, California and graduated from high school in 1937. She went to Japan and studied sewing, music, and traditional Japanese cultural arts. Following the signing of Executive Order 9066, she was evacuated with her parents and siblings to the Salinas Assembly Center. On July 5, 1942, they were transferred to the Poston, Arizona concentration camp and lived at camp 2 block 215.
Misao Shiotsuka
     In March of 1943 at Poston, Arizona, Misao married Pvt. Sam Shiotsuka, who was training with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Hattisburg, Mississippi. He had sent an engagement ring which was sized with a piece of string that he had sent earlier to camp. Tec/ 4 Sam Shiotsuka served with the famed 442 Regimental Combat Team 2nd Battalion E Company in the European Theatre. The following year, baby Barbara was born at the Poston General Hospital. On February 22, 1945, she departed with her daughter and headed for Fruita, Colorado. After the war, they settled in the Gilroy-Hollister area. Misao became a seamstress and homemaker, and raised three children.
     Misao Yamano Shiotsuka passed away June 17, 2016 at the age of 96.She is predeceased by her husband Sam Shiotsuka in 2000; and survived by daughters Barbara Sakakihara (Phil), Wanda Shiotsuka (Bob Center) and son, Edwin Shiotsuka (Arline); grandsons, and  four great grandchildren.