JAKWV Sponsors Trip to Gallup, N.M. for Miyamura Dedication


The Japanese American Korean War Veterans will attend a dedication of a high school for Korean War hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura. The dedication is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4, (Labor Day Weekend). Miyamura is a charter member of the JAKWV and was instrumental in its development and growth.


The JAKWV has reserved seats on Amtrak that will leave Los Angeles Union Station at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 and arrive in Gallup about 9 a.m. After attending the 2 p.m. ceremony and reception, the group will board the train for the return trip on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles Sunday, Sept. 5. Forty seats have been reserved, but latecomers may still be able to join the group subject to space.

Gallup named its second high school after Miyamura, who received the Medal of Honor while serving with H Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, in the Korean War. Miyamura High is nicknamed the “Patriots” and the school colors are purple and silver to match Hershey’s Purple Heart medal. The school opened in September 2009.

McKinley County commissioned a bronze sculpture of Miyamura which graces the entryway to the Gallup McKinley County School Administrative Office adjacent to the high school. This statue will be moved to the high school site.

Cost: $85 per person round trip. Make checks out to JAKWV and mail to Carl Miyagishima, 4499 Via Marisol #202A, Los Angeles CA 90042. For information, contact Miyagishima at (323) 256-8451, [email protected] or Thomi Yamamoto at (213) 387-9033.


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