Roy Hiroshi Matsumoto

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Roy Hiroshi Matsumoto was born in Laguna, California back in 1913.  When he turned eight his parents sent him to live with his grandparents in Hiroshima, Japan.  He returned nine years later graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1933.  His parents, brothers and sisters moved to Hiroshima but Roy stayed in Long Beach.

With the attack on Pearl Harbor Roy was interned with other Japanese-Americans in Jerome, Arkansas.  In 1942, he volunteered for the United States Army.  He died in May of 2013, he was 100.

What you may not know about Roy is that he served as a Japanese-language intelligence specialist with Merrill’s Marauders in Burma.  He earned the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.  He remained in the Army for 20 years retiring as a Master Sergeant.  In 1993, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall of Fame, just four year later he was inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James....

Merrill's Marauders Vet Roy Matsumoto Dies at 100 - Rafu Shimpo

Aug 10, 2020 03:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thank you Barbara Todaro for sharing the photos. It really adds to the great stories of historical reference. 

Aug 10, 2020 12:15 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sometimes we just find our heroes in places that we have overlooked.

Aug 10, 2020 04:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As Donald Urschalitz said, sometimes we are not looking in the right places. Enjoy your day!

Aug 10, 2020 04:57 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Stereotypes then and still now!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 10, 2020 05:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Men like Roy had extremely hard choices to make, most would crumble under the pressure of choosing the country they live in or the country of their ancestery knowing that their choice may kill many family members. It's good to know he was honored well for his choice.

Aug 10, 2020 06:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - certainly he had a difficult choice to make but chose his adopted country.

Aug 10, 2020 06:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for providing this introduction to Mr Matsumoto.  

Aug 10, 2020 06:41 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He sounds like quite the decorated military man.  I wish there wasn't such a need for war, fighting and guns in this world that we live in.

Aug 10, 2020 06:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As always, thank your for sharing this special life with us this morning....

Happy Monday morning, James Dray 

Aug 10, 2020 07:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  He serve his company well and deserve to earn his awards.  Thanks for the information.


Aug 10, 2020 07:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 10, 2020 08:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- We are lucky that he chose to place his allegiance with our country. During the war, my mother told me that they had to carry papers proving they were Chines and not Japanese. 

Aug 10, 2020 09:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another great story told by you.  And I love the photo Barbara Todaro shared. A

Aug 10, 2020 09:56 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We have lost so many of these great men They truly were the greatest generation.

Aug 10, 2020 10:58 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I always enjoy it when you highlight our heroes in the military service. They truly are what America' is all about. The land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Aug 10, 2020 12:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James seldom do I know of the people you mention, in this case I am very familiar with, and indeed well do I know, well since I am a Ranger I always enjoy reading about those who have made it into the Ranger Hall of Fame... there is one person I will not mention his name but he should not be in it...just sayin, Endre

Aug 10, 2020 10:56 PM
James Dray


Aug 11, 2020 06:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Not someone I was familiar with but that did not lessen my interest in reading this. So nice to see another hero recognized!


Aug 11, 2020 02:52 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Roy Hiroshi Matsumoto served the United States long and faithfully.

I wonder what happened to his parents in Hiroshima.

Aug 25, 2020 08:18 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

These assignments are very dangerous to be behind enemy lines. Using Japanese Americans sneak into Japanese camps is a challenge.

Sep 08, 2020 11:48 AM