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”
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
1944 and never came back to Company G so he
wasn’t their either.
Someone could 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
2nd Lt Kennedy
attested to 2 different letters that
Izumi was at Bastogne.
Well guess what, both were a lie as
home in the United States August 28, 1944
and did not leave the USA again in WWII.
Mr. James "Pee Wee" Martin spoke in 2018
saying a Sergeant came into Co G as a
Replacement after Normandy and that the new
Sergeant was disliked by all.
at the start of the segment (59:00) first named the
(First) Sergeant Smith as the Rapist and Murderer.
The First Sergeant
became a POW in Normandy
June 10, 1944 so it wasn't him. Pee Wee then named
James Williams a good friend as the Rapist
and Murderer a minute later.
Williams wasn't a Sergeant and he had
actually come into Co G the same day Pee Wee
did in 1942.
It shows his cognitive function declining
Company G men as Rapists and
Murderers that weren't.
If Pee Wee couldn't get the names straight
in 2018 it
would explain why in the
Affidavit in 2019 he said he wasn't
completely sure that Izumi was in the
Bulge because he was thinking of Miyoko.
Martin was out of action two different
times. First between September 24,
1944 to November 1, 1944 then between
January 15, 1945 to March 14, 1945. It was Frozen Feet for
Bastogne for his second injury. Pfc Miyoko joined Company G
while Martin was out non-battle for the
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
Captain Cann couldn't ID Izumi
as being in Bastogne because Cann wasn't with
Company G in Bastogne. Cann came into
Company G March 8, 1945, 6 weeks after
Bastogne was done.
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 Cann 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
The man to remember is
Private First Class Takeshi Miyoko who died
so young in 1970.
Brian N. Siddall
February 29, 2020
(Updated February 9, 2023)