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Fukuhara, Harry K.locked

(1 Jan. 1920–8 Apr. 2015)
  • Pamela Rotner Sakamoto


Fukuhara, Harry K. (1 Jan. 1920–8 Apr. 2015), US Army colonel and intelligence officer, was born Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara in Seattle, Washington, the middle son of Katsuji and Kinu Fukuhara, issei (first generation) immigrants from Japan. Katsuji Fukuhara emigrated from Hiroshima prefecture to work on the western railroads. His wife, Kinu, came later as a picture bride; their marriage had been arranged in Japan and they knew each other only by their photographs. They had five children. Harry and his younger brothers Pierce and Frank were raised outside Seattle in rural Auburn and grew up largely unaware that they had older siblings, Victor and Mary, who had been sent to Hiroshima to live with Japanese relatives. At the time it was common for issei to send their nisei (second generation) children to Japan for education. Fukuhara, however, only attended a Japanese-language school in Auburn. He despised it. Fukuhara felt at home with his Caucasian friends and did not feel connected to his Japanese heritage....

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