Lihue Plantation ‘Camp A’ street names

A residential neighborhood that had once been the property of Lihue Plantation, Camp A is located on the mauka side of Kuhio Highway, behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Five of the streets were named after soldiers who died while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been employees of Lihue Plantation before going off to war. They were Yoshimitsu Nakamura, William C. Jerves, Satoru Hiraoka, Kazuyoshi Inouye and Yutaka Fujii.

The cross streets in Camp A were named Poinciana and Oxford.

Sgt. Yoshimitsu Nakamura served in the 100th Infantry Battalion and was killed in action in Italy on Oct. 10, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart (PH), Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (AP), American Campaign Medal (A), European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (EAME), and the World War II Victory Medal (WW II V).

Private First Class William C. Jerves was killed in action in Belgium on Jan. 15, 1945 while serving with the 134th Infantry Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. The Purple Heart is one of his decorations.

Private First Class Satoru Hiraoka of Hanamaulu served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was killed in action in Italy on June 26, 1944. His awards include the PH, Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), A, EAME, and the WW II V.

Technician Fourth Grade Kazuyoshi Inouye of Lihue died on Okinawa on Aug. 13, 1945, while serving as an interpreter with the 11th Airborne Division. He was awarded the AP, A, and the WW II V.

Private First Class Yutaka Fujii of Lihue served with the 100th Infantry Battalion and was killed in action in Italy on Jan. 24, 1944. Awards: the PH, CIB, AP, A, EAME, and WW II V.


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