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The Forgotten 506th Japanese-American Paratrooper, Takeshi Miyoko

No one has ever mentioned that there were two Japanese-Americans in Company G 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.  When Company G men would talk of Izumi they were really remembering Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko who joined Company G February 11, 1945.  The reason they don’t remember Mr. Miyoko is because he died in 1970 of a heart-attack and time has forgotten him. 

On August 8, 2007 Tim Moore tried to get Izumi a Combat Infantry Badge when he sent a letter to a Congressman.  This letter has been discredited by Tim Moore himself in an email he sent me in January of 2019.  What’s interesting in this letter is that two of the men who claimed to have been at Bastogne with Company G weren’t actually there and a third man who signed it is still not sure to this day if Izumi was there. 

The three men were Ira Morehart, Thomas Kennedy and James “Pee Wee” Martin.  Ira Morehart came into Company G the same day as Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko, February 11, 1945.  The second man Thomas Kennedy was lost to hospital in September 1944 and never came back to Company G so he wasn’t their either.  

Second Lieutenant Kennedy also signed a different document saying that Izumi was not only in Bastogne but was wounded there too.  Both documents signed by Thomas Kennedy are false as we know now that Izumi wasn’t at Bastogne and neither was Kennedy.  Why Kennedy lied twice we will never know.  We know that Kennedy lied because he wasn’t even in Company G in Bastogne.

Mentioned above it talks of 2nd Lt Kennedy in two paragraphs.  He attested to 2 different letters that Izumi was at Bastogne.  Well guess what, 2nd Lt Thomas Kennedy was back home in the United States September 15, 1944 and did not leave the USA again in WWII.  Here is the documentation.

A person could can see where Ira Morehart thought he was in the Battle of the Bulge after watching all of the movies and TV shows over the years.  He was in the Alsace-Lorraine region starting February 11, 1945 and was there the rest of the way.  There is no doubt that the Japanese-American was Private First Class Miyoko that Mr. Morehart was mentioning.

Mr. Martin in a signed affidavit in 2019 said he wasn't sure Izumi was there.  Mr. Martin doesn't have to wonder anymore.  Izumi wasn't there in the snow of the Ardennes or Alsace-Lorraine regions but Takeshi Miyoko was in the Alsace-Lorraine region when he joined Company G February 11, 1945.

Two Company G Commanders also said that Izumi was there.  The names of the two Captains were Joseph Doughty and William Cann.  The only problem is that the two Captains were also remembering Private First Class Miyoko and not Izumi.  Izumi didn’t come in until after the war had ended.   

Captain Joseph Doughty was with Company G from Bastogne until March 8, 1945 when Captain William Cann took over.  Both Doughty and Cann knew a Japanese-American soldier when in command of the Company.  That man was Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko.

In the letter from Cann he was very detailed about what was going on at the end of the war.  That was 2 weeks before Izumi arrived into Company G (May 16, 1945).  That means it was Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko who he remembers.

Captain Cann even remembers that the Japanese-American Paratrooper was as Private First Class.  Takeshi Miyoko was a Private First Class while Izumi was just a Private when he came into the Company three months after Miyoko.

The Bottom line is Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko was in the Alsace-Lorraine region as he joined Company G February 11, 1945 and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge while Izumi wasn't in Bastogne and didn’t come in until after the war was over

The man to remember is Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko who died so young in 1970. 


Brian N. Siddall
February 29, 2020

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