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October 2019, Volume 69, Issue 9


Hiroshi Sakahara was born on April 15, 1923 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on September 4, 2019, in Conroe, Texas, with his children by his side.  Hiro, as he was known by his friends, was married to Alice Sakahara for over fifty years, who preceded him in death in 2005.   

Hiro was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington.  When only 19, he joined the army and fought in WWII in Europe.  He became a member of the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was the most highly decorated regiment in army history.  While serving he earned the bronze star and became an honorary Texan for rescuing the “Lost Battalion”, a group of Texas National Guardsman.  After the war, he went to Purdue University where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering, working for both Boeing and NASA in the aerospace industry, helping us reach the moon on the Apollo missions, and later retiring from Hercules. 

Hiro married in 1953 and started a family, living in Seattle, Washington; Huntsville, Alabama; and Houston, Texas.  He was an excellent athlete and enjoyed playing tennis and bowling until he was 89 years old.  He was a devout Christian and was active in church for all his life, where he loved to sing in the choir with his wonderful baritone voice.  His favorite song was God Bless America, which he sang at this year’s 4th of July celebration.  

Hiro is survived by daughter Ruth Maroney (Dennis); sons, Robert, James and Paul; grandsons James (Crystal), Michael, Devin, and Collin; granddaughters Lindsey and Jessica; and great grandson Ethan.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Honor Flight in Hiroshi’s name: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/00SgtYoZ/Honor-Fli...