William Tadashi Kuwata was born in Kaka’ako, Hawai’i on February 8, 1922 to Kazumori and Matsuyo Kuwata, the second youngest of five children. After high school he worked as a welder. Once the Army began accepting Japanese-Americans for service again, he enlisted right away – on March 25, 1943. Although the specifics of his service are few and far between, he likely would have been sent to Camp Shelby soon after, then he was assigned to the 442nd RCT, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company. He would likely have fought in France and Italy until the end of the war.
After the war, he married Yaeko Matsushima in 1949. They had three sons. He worked as a shipfitter at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop 11 until he retired. He died at the age of 90 on April 7, 2012.