Jack Yoshiharu Furukawa

Jack Yoshiharu Furukawa
Headquarters Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd RCT

Jack Yoshiharu Furukawa was born on May 13, 1922, in Mountain View, California.

In the April 10, 1940, Federal Census, Jack was age 16 and living with Victor R. and Katherine Lawrence in Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, California.  Larson was in the insurance business.  Jack was listed as their “house boy” or “chore boy.”  The entry states he had been living in Marysville on April 1, 1935.

Jack signed his WWII Draft Registration card on June 30, 1942, at the Stockton Assembly Center, where he was residing.  His home address was Lodi, and his guardian was listed as Mr. V. R. Larson.  He was 5’4” and 135 lbs.  He entered the Stockton Assembly Center on September 18, 1942, and was sent to the Rohwer Relocation Center (Internment Camp) in Jerome, Arkansas.  He was released on December 26, 1943, to attend Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma.

Furukawa was drafted in August 1944 while a student at Phillips University and sent to Camp Wheeler, Georgia, for basic training.  His arrival date in Italy was not found, but in October 1945 he was in Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd RCT, in Livorno, Italy, attending Signal Corps radio training.

After the war Jack returned to Phillips University in September 1946, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May 1948.

Jack married Frances Miyoko Shibata of Denver on November 11, 1951, at which time he was also a resident of Denver.  They lived in Denver where he owned a commercial carpet service.

Jack Furukawa died on June 1, 1999, in Denver and was buried in the Garden of Roses Plot at Olinger Highland Cemetery in Thornton (Adams County), Colorado.  He has a joint tombstone with his wife, but there is no death date under her name.

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