Frank T. Matsuda|
Frank T. Matsuda, 91, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2013. He was born on January 9, 1922 in Seattle, WA. and raised in Ballard. Frank was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank T. and Masaye Matsuda, sister Aiko, and youngest daughter Christine. He will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Uri, sister Katherine Sasaki, daughter Terry, grandson Tyler, son Mark, grandson Jared and granddaughter Kelsey, and many other nieces, nephews, and dear family friends.
During WWII, while his family was incarcerated in the Minidoka Idaho Concentration Camp, Frank volunteered for the U.S.Army, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company K. Company K was instrumental in the historic battle to save the "Lost Battalion", where 186 men from K Company walked in, 17 walked out.
Frank earned Bronze and Silver Stars with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and three Purple Hearts. In addition, he was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal on November 2, 2011, and became a Knight of France with the French Legion of Honor award on September 1, 2012.
Dad never talked about war or the medals until recently. Even then, he would say, "how about all the other guys who never had the chance to get married, have a family, and live a good life?" He will always be a humble hero, best husband, loving father, grandfather, uncle and good friend to many.
The family wishes to thank the VA for excellent care throughout the years, especially ARNP Sandy Kruse, and Dr. Christopher Vanderwarker. Also, thanks to the staff at Seattle Keiro who provided loving care.
There will be a Remembrance Service on Saturday,August 24th at 2:00pm, at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall, 1212 S. King Street, Seattle, WA. 98144. Remembrances may be made in his memory to either Seattle Keiro, 1601 E. Yestler Way, Seattle, WA 98122 or Nisei Veterans Committee, 1212 S. King St., Seattle WA 98144.
GO FOR BROKE!
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013