Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara

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Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara was born in Seattle, Washington back in 1920. His father died in 1933, so his mother moved back to Japan where he graduated from high school. After graduation, he returned to the United States. After the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the Gila River internment camp in 1942.

He served in the 33rd Infantry Division, being involved in several campaigns as a linguist. Following the war, he returned to the United States before being assigned to the US Army’s occupation and reconstruction of Japan. He ended his career in uniform in 1971 as the military governor of the Yaeyama Island Group in the Ryukyu Islands. Some of his military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2015 he was 95.

What you may not know about Harry is apparently he was very good at what he did. He was inducted in the United States Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as others have commented, I like this story a lot.  It's nice to see such patriotism shown in such a variety of ways.  

Feb 04, 2020 04:12 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And now I know about Harry! Keep up the good work of surprising me. Enjoy your day!

Feb 04, 2020 04:36 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He more than earned the honors bestowed on him and served his country well.

Feb 04, 2020 04:42 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I never knew there was a United States Military Intelligence Hall of Fame until I read your post. Learn something new here every day in the Rain.

Feb 04, 2020 04:46 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Pays to know multiple languages.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 04, 2020 04:50 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Despite the repression of Japanese Americans he found a way to make a significant contribution to the country.

Feb 04, 2020 05:32 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I never realized that they had a intelligence Hall of Fame but as I have said before, I learn something new every day...

I hope you have a fruitful Tuesday James Dray 

Feb 04, 2020 05:36 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If someone gets inducted into the hall of fame, it is definitely thought that they were good at what they did.

Feb 04, 2020 05:54 AM #11
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Harry certainly deserved the great honor bestowed on him James Dray. Thank God such honorable men and women who serve our country so unselfishly.

Feb 04, 2020 07:37 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was so good, fascinating and unknown. Thanks.

Feb 04, 2020 07:45 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I wanted to find out a little more about the Gila River Internment camp so I went to Wikipedia. As you probably know there were close to 30 interned and many have their own wiki page.  Harry loved his country and served honorably. 

Feb 04, 2020 08:06 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely story.  I really enjoyed reading this one, but then I enjoy many of your posts.  A

Feb 04, 2020 08:35 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- this makes me want to learn more about this gentleman and the US Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. 

Feb 04, 2020 10:51 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I went to the site as well. Did you know that Pat Morita, who was in Happy Days and the Karate Kid was interned there. 

Feb 04, 2020 10:56 AM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - that is interested information.  I didn't know you enlisted for internment camps.

Feb 04, 2020 11:59 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's good to see that his achievements were recognized in such a memorable way.

Feb 04, 2020 04:04 PM #19
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another very interesting life story.   Harry was extremely intelligent - nice to see he was recognized for it.

Feb 04, 2020 10:22 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

It's not someone I know about so it was a particularly interesting read.


Feb 05, 2020 08:38 PM #21
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Harry was a man who made great contributions to our country. Thanks for letting us know about him

Feb 06, 2020 04:15 AM #22
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

During WW2, U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were treated as 2nd class citizens and interred in remote camps. From one of these camps Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara rose to great accomplishment. What an amazing man!

Feb 17, 2020 06:35 AM #23
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