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Hero Shiosaki Obituary
Hero Shiosaki, 97, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Willows. He was surrounded by his son, Randy and Randy's wife, Helen.
He was born Aug. 8, 1919 in Rockford, Idaho to Kiichi Shiosaki and Itsu Hama Shiosaki. The family then moved to Lamont and the Railroad transferred them to Tabor, Idaho in 1925. From there they moved to Fort Hall in 1927.
Hero became a Boy Scout, his first Scoutmaster was Mr. Mcready, a WWI veteran. His second Scoutmaster was Walter Eagle, a Native American.
The family then moved to Blackfoot in 1933 where Hero started his freshman year in high school, graduating in 1937. In school, Hero studied Latin and lettered in wrestling.
After graduation, Hero attended the University of Idaho southern branch from 1937-39. Hero saved enough money so that after two years of college he was able to enroll in the Body and Fender Repair course.
After graduation he went to work at Burt Clay's Body Shop and then for Kosanke Chevorlet in American Falls.
On Dec. 7, 1941 Hero was interviewing for a job at Blackfoot Motors, when the radio program was interrupted with an announcement of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That day would change Hero's life forever.
Unbeknownst to Hero, the National Selective Service Board had somehow taken away his American Citizenship and had classified him 4C, enemy alien in February 1942.
Apparently the local draft board in American Falls were not informed of this information and Hero was drafted into the Army and sent to Fort Douglass in Salt Lake City.
From there Hero was sent to Camp Robinson in Arkansas for basic training, Hero was then sent to Fort Warren, WY in July of 1942.
The 442nd Reginental Combat Team was formed. They fought in France and Italy. They were the most decorated and decimated combat unit in American Military history for their size and length of service. In February 1943, Hero was promoted to Staff Seargent.
After the war, Hero returned to Blackfoot where he was hired by Modern Motor in January1946 to manage the Auto Body Repair Department.
Hero met his future wife, Martha, at a dinner at the Shiosaki family farm. They were married in April 1950. They proudly raised two children: Cary and Randy.
In 1968, Hero changed careers and went to work for Farm Bureau Insurance and then received an offer from Farmers Insurance to become an automobile claims agent, where he retired from in 1990.
Active in the Japanese American Citizens League, he also served on the JACL national committee. Gov. Dan Samuelson appointed Hero the Idaho Human Rights Commission in 1964 and he served for 15 years.
Hero was active in the American Legion since 1960, and become 1st Vice Commander in 1963 and Commander in 1964.
He was a Boys State Board of Director for 12 years, four years as Vice President and five years as State Chaplin. Hero was on the National Children and Youth committee for nine years.
He was a REA "C" department Vice Commander. Hero held many offices at the Post, District and State Level.
He was also active in the Oratorical Committee for ten years and chairperson for five years and was active in the Minidoka Inteernment Camp dedication, and coordinated the 50th anniversary program of the opening camp dedication.
He also was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he served seven years as Post Commander, three years as adjutant and 14 years as district adjutant.
In addition, he was active on Patriots, Pen and Voice of Democracy, where he served on the National Legislative Committee in 1998 and received the National Achievement Award in 1968.
For many years he was on the Eastern District Ethnic Equalization Delegate to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In November 2011, Hero along with his 442nd comrades were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award.
Hero is survived by his sons, Cary (Linda-deceased) and Randy (Helen) Shiosaki; four grandchildren; five great- grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kiichi and Itsu Shiosaki; sisters, Kimio (Japan, and Toshi; and brothers, Mike and Jun.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7 at Hawker Funeral Home. Family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on July 4, 2017
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