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New Exhibit in News: America’s Secret Weapon, Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II

The Hawaii Army Museum Society (HAMS) was pleased to fund the new exhibit in the Rotating Gallery which honors the service of Nisei linguists and the . The exhibit, “America’s Secret Weapon, Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II”, had its grand opening on Saturday, March 28, 2015. HAMS was also pleased to provide travel arrangements for keynote speaker, Dr. James McNaughton, author of the book “Nisei Linguist”.

HAMS’ long time master craftsman, Thomas T. “Toshi” Nakano, is featured in the exhibit and in a local news broadcast. Toshi is an MIS veteran and his work in koa is on display not only in the new exhibit, but also throughout the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii.”

The MIS exhibit, which was produced by Mark Matsunaga, Gregg Hirata, and Harlan Yuhara, can be viewed in the first gallery of the museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

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Gallery of Heroes Induction
Friday March 5, 2010

The Gallery of Heroes Induction took place Friday March 5, 2010 at 1 PM on the lawn in front of the U.S. Army Museum of Ft. DeRussy. This event was open to the public.

The Hawaii Army Museum Society is very excited to share the news and press that this event garnered. Please read on more below and be sure to visit our Events Calendar for more information on Upcoming Events


Two Soldiers Inducted Into Army Gallery Of Heroes

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Army museum to laud valor of 2 Hawaii soldiers

By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer


Gallery of Heroes Induction Ceremony The stories of bravery among the Nisei soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II are numerous, but each bears repeating.

When they are told, they take one's breath away for the sheer valor shown.

Such was the case of Pvt. Thomas Y. Ono, a Honolulu man who found himself in a daylight attack on a series of German machine gun nests near La Torretto, Italy, on June 2, 1944.

In a period of about three hours, while facing heavy enemy fire, Ono and two other soldiers with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, neutralized five machine guns and killed or captured 17 German soldiers.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

On Friday, Ono, who died in 1990, will be recognized at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i at Fort DeRussy in a 1 p.m. Gallery of Heroes ceremony.

Another Hawai'i native son, Army Pfc. Anthony Kaho'ohanohano, gave his life in the vicinity of Chup'ari, Korea, on Sept. 1, 1951, fighting with a machine gun, grenades and, finally, a shovel as fellow soldiers fell back to a more defensible position.

Kaho'ohanohano also will be recognized at the ceremony, which will be held outside the museum. The recognition is open to the public.

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Celebration of heroes

Ceremonies will recognize two isle recipients of the nation's highest honors
By Gregg K. Kakesako
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 02, 2010

Gallery of Heroes Induction Ceremony The Hawaii Army Museum's Gallery of Heroes, in special ceremonies Friday, will recognize a Japanese-American recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and upgrade the status of a Korean War soldier posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Honored at the 1 p.m. Fort DeRussy ceremony will be:
» Pvt. Thomas Yoshimi Ono, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross while serving with Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion, on June 2, 1944, near La Torretto, Italy.

» Pfc. Anthony Kahoohanohano, already honored by the museum for his Distinguished Service Cross for sacrificing his life to save fellow soldiers on Sept. 1, 1951, at Chupa-ri on the Korean peninsula. He was assigned to Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, and was in charge of a machine gun squad supporting another Army company when the enemy attacked. Last year his award was upgraded to the nation's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor.

The Distinguished Service Cross is the nation's second-highest award for valor in combat, following the Medal of Honor.

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World War II, Korea veterans to be inducted as "Heroes"

By Loran Doane U.S Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Gallery of Heroes Induction Ceremony FORT DERUSSY - The Army is honoring two Soldiers, March 5, during an induction and memorial ceremony for the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii's Gallery of Heroes, here.

Thomas Yoshimi Ono, of Honolulu, and Anthony Kahoohanohano, of Wailuku, Maui, are being recognized for their distinguished service in World War II and Korea.

Since 1988, the gallery has honored local Hawaiian service members who have received one of the nation's two highest awards for valor: the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross, or its equivalent the Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross.

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Gallery of Heroes Induction
Thursday April 30, 2009

The Gallery of Heroes Induction took place Thursday April 30, 2009 at 1 PM on the lawn in front of the U.S. Army Museum of Ft. DeRussy. This event was open to the public.

The Hawaii Army Museum Society is very excited to share the news and press that this event garnered. Please read on more below and be sure to visit our Events Calendar for more information on Upcoming Events


U.S. Army honors Hawaii heroes

Posted: April 30, 2009 06:06 PM
By Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - They served their country more than 40 years ago.

Today, the U.S. Army honored seven men with Hawaii ties, by inducting them into the Army Museum's Gallery of Heroes. There are now 58 people inducted into the gallery.

Fred Maluenda stumbled across the event in the local newspaper.

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New Inductees into Hawaii 'Gallery of Heroes'

Written by KGMB9 News
April 30, 2009 05:30 PM

A different kind of ceremony was held to honor Hawaii's combat heroes Thursday.

Families and friends gathered at the Fort DeRussy Army Museum to witness their loved ones' induction into Hawaii's "Gallery of Heroes."

Seven newly discovered Hawaii heroes were paid respect to this afternoon. One hero's friend shares his memory.

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Vietnam acts earn soldier honors

By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer
Posted on: Monday, April 27, 2009

1st Lt. John Kauhaihao - Gallery of Heroes Induction Ceremony The day he died in Vietnam, 1st Lt. John Kauhaihao and his platoon were ambushed by 500 or more North Vietnamese regulars in bunker fortifications.

Kauhaihao, a Hawai'i Army National Guard soldier from Honaunau on the Big Island, started throwing grenades. Lots of grenades.

In 15 minutes, he hurled more than 30 he carried and gathered from others, drawing fire and providing cover for his men to withdraw.

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Wartime deeds of heroism are brought to the forefront

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2009

Capt. Robert Caliboso - Gallery of Heroes Induction Ceremony Seven Hawaii soldiers will be inducted into the U.S. Army Museum's Gallery of Heroes at Fort DeRussy on Thursday. All are recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross. These are their stories of heroism:

Capt. Robert Caliboso
Vietnam War, Company B, 1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.


March 5, 1966

Caliboso was the pilot of a UH-1D helicopter when the Viet Cong attacked a unit of the 28th Infantry at Lai Khe in Binh Duong Province. With U.S. forces running low on ammunition Caliboso and his crew volunteered to deliver 1,500 pounds of explosive cargo into the battle area.

On the approach to the landing zone, Caliboso's helicopter and crew were hit time and time again by heavy machine gun and small arms fire. After unloading all the needed ammunition, Caliboso' helicopter was shot down, killing all aboard.

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