Sgt. Ronald Takara, November 1, 1944
Ronald lived in Chin Chuck Stable Camp. He went to Hakalau School and graduated from Hilo High in 1939 before moving to Honolulu for business school. At the time he enlisted in November 1941, he was working as a bookkeeper at Lewers and Cooke, Ltd. in Honolulu.
SGT Takara had recently been wounded in battle when, on November 1, 1944, he died along with 14 other Allied and German wounded soldiers in a C-47 plane crash near the village of Doizieux in central France. He was with the 100th Battalion, B Company fighting in both Italy and France, and had just been in the fight to rescue the "Lost Battalion" in the Vosges Mountains in eastern France. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Memorial services were held for him in E. S. Capellas hall in December 1944 under the sponsorship of the Hawaii Morale Group AJA Committee, Hakalau District with the assistance of the Chin Chuck Mauka Youth Organization. He is interred in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.