(Age 96)  

Kelly Kuwayama died suddenly Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, following a stroke. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fumiko, a younger brother, George and sister, Tomi.
Kelly graduated from Princeton University in 1940 and was drafted into the army in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to a medical unit, and in 1943 he joined the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team as a Medic. He was credited with saving the life of the late Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, during combat in Italy in 1945. He was wounded during the battle for the Lost Battalion. By the war's end in 1945, he had won a Silver Star and Purple Heart, the Italian Medal of Merit, and later was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor on behalf of the Allied government honoring those who fought for the liberation of Europe.
Following the war, he earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School, and was employed by Nomura Securities as its General Manager in New York. He subsequently worked in Washington, DC, for the Office of Foreign Investments and the Securities and Exchange Commission, retiring in 1984.
In retirement, Kelly has dedicated himself to many charitable activities and causes. A memorial service will be held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Asian American Studies Fund at Princeton University via this link:
Those making gifts online please indicated "For the Asian American Studies Fund in memory of Kelly Kuwayama '40."
Inquiries can be directed to Jeanie Kim in the Princeton Development Office, email:; phone,

Published in The Washington Post from July 11 to July 14, 2014