Today, people throughout our great country gather to remember, to honor and to pay gratitude to those who have served our country. Our gathering is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation.
My uncle, Pfc. Haluto Moriguchi, was born on February 24, 1925 in San Francisco, California. He was the only son and eldest of five siblings, followed by sisters June Moriguchi, Lilly Campos, Katherine Baishiki and Barbara Iwai. When war broken out, they were interned in a Relocation Camp in Amache, Colorado. Haluto enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. During training, he was awarded three expert medals – carbine, rifle and BAR. In November 1944, he was sent oversees to Menton, France as a replacement in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company C where they patrolled the southern border of France for German troops from Northern Italy.
Haluto’s unit shipped out to Italy in Late March 1945. He was a runner for the Company Commander with the goal of cracking the impregnable German Gothic Line. During an attack on Georgia Hill, Haluto was killed in action by mortar shell fragments. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, the American and European-Aftrican-Middle Easter Campaign Medals, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Haluto was interred on March 14, 1949 at the Golden Gate National Cemetery (Headstone No. J-1042) in San Bruno, CA. As of 2005, the Golden Gate National Cemetery the cemetery held 137,435 interments.
I would like to give special thanks to the Golden Gate Nisei Memorial Post #9879 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Japanese American Citizens League of Northern California, Western Nevada and the Pacific District Council, guest speaker, author and historian, Tom Graves and to Troop 12 of the Boy Scouts of America program located in San Francisco for putting on today’s Memorial Day Service.