Sgt. Hiroyuki Hiramoto died November 28, 1945
Hiroyuki Hiramoto was born and raised in Ninole in an extended family of parents, grandmother, uncle, brothers and sisters. His father had immigrated in 1906 and farmed sugar cane. Hiroyuki played basketball and was involved in the Future Farmers of America. By September 1940 he had started work in Honolulu after graduating from Laupahoehoe School. When he volunteered for service in March 1943, he had been working for Hawaiian Electric in Honolulu.
He went overseas in March 1944 and fought through the Italy and France Campaigns, serving with the 442nd Infantry Regiment as a radio technician. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Hiroyuki was enroute home after the war on an Army transport C-47 when it crashed near Auburn California on November 28, 1945. He died 3 days later. CPL Hiramoto was 23 years old. Services were held at the Fort Street Hongwanji in Honolulu and his remains were finally interred at Punchbowl in July 1949.