Mori Agena, Private First Class, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 442nd RCT, was born September 5, 1921, in Kaupakalua, Maui. There were three sons and five daughters born to Kama and Mainu Agena and in 1940 they were living in Puunene. His parents had immigrated in 1907 and 1911, respectively, from Okinawa.
When Agena signed his WWII Draft Registration card on February 14, 1942, he was living in Honolulu and working at the Rattan Art Gallery. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 15, 1944, at which time he was employed as a cabinetmaker.
Given the timing of Agena’s entry into the Army, he would have been trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, then likely sent to the 442nd in southern France during the Champaign Campaign. They then were sent to Italy and he would have participated in the Po Valley Campaign.
Agena was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for his military service.
On August 9, 1946, Agena was listed as one of the men aboard the Waterbury Victory ship carrying 442nd soldiers home to Hawaii. Less than two years later he married Helen Toyoko Uyehara on April 28, 1948, and they lived in Honolulu. He was employed at Wong’s Drapery Shop as a maintenance man and an installer. One son and three daughters were born to Mori and Toyoko.
At some point over the years Mori changed his surname from Agena to Nakamatsu. He died on July 24, 2006, and is buried with his wife at Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu.