KENYU SHIMABUKURO

Vietnam War


Gunnery Sergeant
MACV ADV Team 2, USMC ADV Unit

U.S. Marine Corps


Dec. 30, 1934 – Aug. 22, 1968

 

Hilo, Hawaii

Kenyu Shimabukuro was very sickly as a child. “He wanted to prove to himself that he was strong and able to physically handle being in the military,” a relative stated. Shimabukuro graduated from Hilo High School in 1951, attended vocational technical school and enlisted in the Army National Guard. In 1954 he joined the Marines to make a career in the military. He was described as a quiet person who kept to himself. He enjoyed tinkering with cars and going fishing.

During his service in Vietnam he became a member of an advisory team to the Vietnamese military. On Aug. 12, 1968, Shimabukuro was fatally wounded in the Quang Ngai Province when his armored vehicle came under artillery fire.

LOCATION

Japanese American National War Memorial Court

244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

MAILING ADDRESS

Veterans Memorial Court Alliance

1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1890

Los Angeles, CA 90017 

 

CONTACT

info@memorialcourtalliance.org

310.378.0615

a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization

(next to Japanese American Cultural and Community Center)

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