Obituaries
Tuesday, April 8, 1997


Lyn Crost chronicled
exploits of nisei soldiers

Staff and wire

Lyn Crost, a World War II correspondent who brought the names and exploits of nisei soldiers in Europe to their families through the pages of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, died yesterday in Washington, D.C. She was 80.

In her book, “Honor by Fire,” published in 1994, Crost brought to public attention, the contributions of previously hidden warriors, Japanese-American soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service who played a vital role in the war in the Pacific as translators and interrogators.

“The book is the first complete story of all nisei soldiers, not just the 442nd (Regimental Combat Team),” said Honolulu attorney Ted Tsukiyama, who served in the China-Burma theater and met Crost after the war.

“She always wanted to write about them. She got the impetus during the reparations hearings in Congress when she heard people saying ‘why should we pay those people ... their people started the war.’ The ignorance moved her and that’s what prompted her book,” said Tsukiyama, who was acknowledged in Crost’s book for his help and encouragement. (Congress acted to pay reparations to Japanese Americans who were confined in internment camps during World War II.)

“Oldtimers will remember her column. Her name became a household word. People couldn’t wait to get the paper,” Tsukiyama said. “She made sure she dropped as many names as she could; it had a lot of local interest.”

She donated the royalties from the book for a “Brothers in Valor” monument to be erected at Fort DeRussy commemorating the nisei who served with the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th construction engineers battalion which worked in Hawaii, he said.

“She never forgot the nisei soldiers and what they had to go through to prove themselves,” Tsukiyama said. “She was a wonderful person.”

Ray Nosaka of the 100th Infantry Battalion said Crost is one of a handful of people to be made an honorary member of Club 100 and the 442nd Veterans Club. “We always invited her to our reunions ... she only came out once.”

Little had been known of Military Intelligence Service until her book. The U.S. government instructed the Japanese-American soldiers not to tell of their exploits; it kept records of their service secret for 25 years.

Crost wrote in the preface, “Thestory must be told ... Americans do not know how hard these men fought in a war to keep democracy alive.”

In the Pacific War, Japanese commanders, confident that their American foes could not decipher Japanese, were casual about using codes. They did not know of the Military Intelligence Service, composed of 6,000 Japanese-Americans linguists. Its members questioned captives, eavesdropped on communications between Japanese pilots and their airfields and even gleaned intelligence from poems and diaries taken from the bodies of dead soldiers.

Many of the nisei volunteered; others were drafted from the internment camps in which their families were confined following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Crost was raised in Hartford, Conn., and after graduation from Brown University she came to Hawaii to visit an aunt and landed a job on the Star-Bulletin in the 1930s.

Later, she was an AP correspondent in Washington when she interviewed Joseph R. Farrington, publisher of the Star-Bulletin and Hawaii’s delegate to Congress. Concerned about the casualties taken by Hawaii’s soldiers in Europe, Farrington hired Crost in 1944 to cover them. After the war, she became the paper’s Washington correspondent. During the Eisenhower administration, she was a White House special assistant.

Her career is recalled in a display about the nisei at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It shows her typewriter, war uniform and trench coat.

She was married for several years to Edward Kennedy, an AP war correspondent. They had a daughter, Julia Kennedy Cohran of Seattle. Also surviving is Crost’s husband, Thomas W. Stern, a retired geologist.

Elizabeth L.K. Akiona, 39, of Kaneohe died Wednesday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband John K.; daughters Samantha L. and Danielle P. Akiona; son James T.; mother Alexandrina Camacho; stepfather Richard Camacho; and sister Henrietta Kai. Services: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call after 6 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday. Burial: 2 p.m. Friday in Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. Information for an obituary yesterday was incorrect.

Albert Arrisgado, 57, of Honolulu, a mechanic, died last Tuesday. Born in Makaweli, Hawaii, he is survived by daughters Wendy and Laurie Arrisgado and Donna Winchester; brothers Maurice and Andres Arrisgado and George and Rudy Artuyo; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Anita Baker, 87, of Honolulu died Friday in Hale Pulama Mau. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, she is survived by sons Edward H., John T., Francis H. and Norman G.; daughter Linda Fitzgerald; 29 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers. No donations.

Magno C. Cabagbag, 88, of Honolulu, proprietor of Pauahi Barber and Styling, died March 8 in Straub Hospital. Born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Nieves; sons Jonathon, David and Paul; sisters Hilaria Carranza and Patrocina Pasion; and five grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Walter Cabral, 76, of Hanamaulu, Kauai, a field worker with Lihue Plantation, died Saturday. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by numerous cousins. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church. Call 9-9:45 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Amy S.N. Chang, 86, of Honolulu died Thursday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Olaa, Hawaii, she is survived by daughters Ann K.H. Sung and Carol C. Matsumura; brother Warren H.Y. Whang; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Leong Ho Ching, 91, of Honolulu died March 28 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in China, she is survived by sons Percy B.Q. and Andrew B.S.; daughters Peggy C. Lai and Gladys C. Aloiau; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Taoist services: 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Nuuanu Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Macario C. Combis, 91, of Lihue, a bell captain for Kauai Surf Hotel, died Friday in Wilcox Hospital. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Caridad S.; daughters Guadalupe Comiso and Maria Foster; brother Herminigildo; sister Marcelina Cabatu; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church. Call 9-10:45 a.m. Burial: Kauai Memorial Gardens. Casual or aloha attire.

Louis J. “Louie” Cruz, 64, of Waipahu, a retired passenger agent at Hickam Air Force Base, died last Tuesday in Honolulu. Born in Waialua, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Carolyn; sons Guy, Robin, Louis Jr., Lloyd and Daniel; daughters Raynette Kaimiola and Francine Slom; brothers Manuel, Alphonso, George and Leroy; sisters Alice Fellez, Georgina Walsh, Margaret Capello and Rita Schafer; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.

Helen M. D’Olier, 86, of Honolulu, a retired senior high school English teacher, died Saturday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in West Elizabeth, Pa., she is survived by son H. Mitchell; and three grandsons. Private service.

Hazel R. Dragoo, 90, of Keaau, Hawaii, a retired bookkeeper, died March 22 in Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Canandaigua, N.Y., she is survived by daughter Ruth Ann Herdman; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Hilo United Methodist Church, 374 Waianuenue Ave. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Steven Dusza, 83, of Honolulu, a retired labor management relations specialist at Barbers Point Naval Station and a past president of Barbers Point Federal Credit Union, died Thursday in Aloha Health Care Center. Born in Quidnick, R.I., he is survived by wife Carmen Ongies; son Eugene F.; sisters Kazimira St. Jean, Michalina De Rosier and Wanda Dusza; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. No flowers. Donations suggested to American Diabetes Association.

Donald P. Freitas, 68, of Honolulu, a retired machinist foreman with Honolulu Shipyard, died Friday at Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Matilda; daughters Donna Freitas, Denise Nibling and Doreen Wong; sons Patrick, Ronald and Donald; brother Robert; sister Harriet Langendorf; and five grandchildren. Mass: 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Call 8-10:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Luncheon: 12:45 p.m. at Borthwick Mortuary. Aloha attire.

Joseph P. Fukumoto, 63, of Wailuku, general supervisor of maintenance with Energy Support Co., died Saturday in Wailuku. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by daughters JoAnn Tinfo and Janice Hirao; sons Gerry and Patrick; sisters Cyrilla Takakura, Jean Funai and Barbara Endo; brothers Rodney and Leslie; and three grandchildren. Rosary: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Church, Wailuku. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park.

Julina K. Gandall, 92, of Honolulu died March 29 in Convalescent Center of Honolulu. Born in Laie, she is survived by sister Lottie Talkington. Private services.

Evelyn K.P.I. Glorioso, 63, of Honolulu died March 25 at home. Born in Hawaii, she is survived by husband Jose “Sonny”; daughters Zina and Donnamae Glorioso and Grace Garrido; sisters Eleanor Duenas, Leinaala Simerson, Amy Keawe and Rachael Igarta; brother Oscar; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.

Jay R. Gray, 51, of York, Pa., a Vietnam War veteran, died March 26 in Kaneohe. Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., he is survived by mother Blanche J. Anderson; stepfather Arne Anderson; and brothers Rand and Scott. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Friday. Burial with military honors at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Earl K. Hale Jr., 47, of Honolulu died March 28 at home. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by daughter Kekai; parents Earl and Ellen; brothers Kaipo and Isaac; and two grandchildren. Private services.

Kaina-Christopher K. Kalani, 22, of Kalapana, Hawaii, died March 21 in Hilo Hospital. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by mother Charlotte “Cookie” Keliihoomalu-Alapa‘i; brother Jerome K.K.; and hanai sister Kanoelehua Ah Mow. Services: noon tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire.

Oihana L. Kanahele, 62, of Kekaha, Hawaii, a rancher, died Wednesday in St. Francis Hospital. Born on Niihau, he is survived by wife Evaline K.; sons Oihana, Wilson, Bernard and Tom; daughters Evaline, Doreen and Mileka; brother Joseph H.; sisters Mileka Kanahele, Miriam Pahulehua and Loka Kaohelaulii; 24 grandchildren; and a grandchild. Services: 4 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary. Call 1-3:45 p.m. Burial: Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery. Casual or aloha attire.

Yoshisuke U. Kaneshiro, 88, of Honolulu, a retired cook, died March 28 in Kuakini Hospital. Born on Okinawa, he is survived by sons Richard T. and Henry K.; daughter Bertha K.; and three grandchildren. Private services.

John Kekahuna, 70, of Kailua died March 25 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Olowalu, Maui, he is survived by daughter Claire Vincent; brother Isaac; sister Helen Helekahi; and five grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Emaline A.P. Layau of Honolulu died Friday in Oahu Care Facility. Born in Kahuku, she is survived by son Vernon; daughters Shirley Aikala and Dolores Miranda; hanai daughter Primrose Tayros; sister Marie Rieger; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services: noon Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Kong Wa Lui, 90, of Honolulu is also survived by eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Incorrect information for an obituary Friday provided by the mortuary.

Ethel H. Lum, 74, of Honolulu, a seamstress with Mildred’s Hawaii and Jane M., died Thursday in Straub Hospital. Born in Pahala, Kau, Hawaii, she is survived by husband Samuel B.Y.; daughters Beverly Suemoto, Rosalyn Bohner and Evelyn Lum; son Randy; sisters Elsie Yamauchi, Rose Jaber, Margaret Hess, Dora Hayashida and Florence Saito; brothers Henry Jr. and Walter; and two grandchildren. Services: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call 5:30-8:30 p.m. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Nancy M.K. Malina, 80, of Wailua, Kauai, a trimmer in the pineapple industry, died Saturday in Wilcox Hospital. Born on Maui, she is survived by daughters Grace Kamai, Nancine Okano, Magnolia Banguel and Verna Medeiros; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Private services.

Richard Miday, 57, of Hilo, owner of Miday’s Hauling, died Saturday at home. Born in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Addie; sons Richard Jr., Leonard B., Lloyd and Steven W.; hanai sons Sergio Mamone and Kekoa Hara; sisters Margaret Askew, Caroline Riviera and Emilia Maffit; hanai brother Willington Park; and a granddaughter. Wake: 7 p.m. Thursday at Dodo Mortuary. Call 6-9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hilo. Burial: Homelani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Robert K. Moeai, 77, of Laie, a retired groundskeeper, died last Tuesday in Honolulu. Born in American Samoa, he is survived by son Russell M.; and hanai sister Marney Soren. Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Laie North Stake. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Laie Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Thelma T. Nakata, 78, of Honolulu, a retired waitress with Minute Chef, died Thursday in Queen’s Hospital. Born in Hilo, she is survived by husband Paul S.; sons Wayne M. and Douglas; daughters Janet M. Fukaya and Shirley S. Toyama; brothers Harold Y. and Ronald K. Fukaya; 13 grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Star of the Sea. Call after 10 a.m. Private burial. Casual attire. No flowers.

Gwendolyn C.I. Paahana, 53, of Waianae died Sunday in Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Dennis M.; daughters Charity D. Kumia and Luana D. and Natalie W. Paahana; sisters Maihealani Husemann, Barbara Hammond, Leinaala Kelii and Audrey Kahakui; and five grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Cecilia C. “Susie” Passos, of Honolulu, who died Wednesday, is also survived by sister Matilda Tavares. Information for an obituary yesterday was omitted.

August A. Rapozo, 77, of Makaweli, Kauai, a trimmer with the pineapple industry, died Sunday in Kauai Care Center, Waimea. Born in Molowaa, Kauai, she is survived by daughters Louise Ibsen and Angeline Suzuki; sons George, John and Manuel; sister Marion Rodgers; brother Joseph Caldera; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Services: 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Theresa’s Church, Kekaha. Call 2:30-3:15 p.m. Burial: Kekaha Public Cemetery. Casual attire.

Carolyn H.P. Rogers, 44, of Waianae will be remembered in services 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Waipahu Stake Center Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call after 9:30 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire. Incorrect information for an obituary yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Windi K. Sato, 52, of Honolulu, a retired school teacher at Likelike Elementary, died Sunday at home. Born in Chicago, she is survived by husband Gerald K.; daughters Debra Lynn and Dr. Janel Sue; mother Teruyo Harunaga; and brothers Dr. Keith H. and Dr. Lester N. Harunaga. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Francis W. “Willy” Souza, 72, of Kailua, a retired supervisor with city Street Light Division, died Saturday at home. He also coached numerous baseball and basketball teams such as the Kalaheo High School girls softball team, Kailua High School baseball and basketball teams and the PAL boys baseball. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Alberta; sons Francis Jr., Robert and John; daughters Suzanne Camp and Cynthia Teply; mother Rosalia Correia; sister Mary Cambra; and five grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Church, 114 Makawao St., Kailua. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Outreach Program, Kailua.

Andrew G. Tadifa, 88, of Waipahu died March 20 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in San Fernando, La Union, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Lydia; sons Joseph and Bernard; and sister Feliza Marques. Mass: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 712 N. School St. Call 6-9 p.m. Visitation: 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Bryan T. Takenouchi, 29, of Aiea, a ramp worker with Federal Express, died Friday. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by fiancee Lori M. Ideta, parents Frank K. and Helen S.; brother Keith K.; sister Carin S. Iha; and grandmother Kimiyo Kaya. Services: 6 p.m Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jerry M. “Mune” Tango, 60, of Hilo, a retired senior cargo agent with Hawaiian Airlines, died Friday in San Diego. Born in Hilo, he is survived by wife Jane; son Stacey Wakayama; brother Robert and Edward; sisters Maureen M. Tango, Doris Kauihou, Florence Tango, Miriam Cooney and Genevieve Tango. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 2:30 p.m. Cremation will follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Richard P. Thomas, 78, of Maili, a heavy equipment operator and bass player with various Hawaiian music groups, died Friday at home. Born in Hawaii, he is survived by sons Julienne, George, Charldon and Harry; daughters Lynne Reyes, Deinese Laurita and Richlyn Manges; sisters Ah Lon Ah Mai, Kay Hale, Helen Ford and Evelyn Padeken; 23 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ewa Beach ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 91-1154 North Road, Ewa Beach. Call from 9 a.m. to noon. Aloha attire.

Robert A. “Bobby” Tibayan, 48, of Mountain View, Hawaii and previously of Kaneohe, a retired marine mechanic with Pearl Harbor Shipyard and Vietnam veteran, died Tuesday in Hilo Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Faith B.K. “Puahau”; son Frederick H. “Fred”; daughters Lorraine H. “Nani”, Dennise K. “Tookie” and Roberta A. “Akelina” Tibayan, Mary “Butterball” Sapla and Leilani “Lani” Kaluhiwa; brothers Tiger B.L. and Stanley D. Tibayan and Albert and Larry Kuapahi; sisters Yura Albright, Edna M. Tibayan, Rosaline Hedden and Ellen K. Kama; and three grandchildren. Wake: 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home, Hilo. Call 5-9 p.m. Services: 11 a.m. next Friday at Borthwick Mortuary, Honolulu. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: National Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jack K. Tsukamoto, 89, of Honolulu, an electrical contractor with DBA Universal Electric Co., died March 31 in Straub Hospital. Born in Shizuoka, Japan, he is survived by wife Masa; daughters Ruth M. Muramoto, Karen K. Kato and Faye H. Honda; and 10 grandchildren. Private services.

Fred W. Waikiki, 63, of Waimea, Hawaii, a retired heavy equipment operator with Parker Ranch, died Sunday in North Hawaii Community Hospital. Born on Kauai, he is survived by wife Molly U.; daughters Melvrine Waikiki, Fredanette Leanio, Fredaann Jitchaku, Caroline Casuga and Momi Akau and Diane P. Akau and Stephanie L. Lopes, Faye H. Kanuha and Kehaulani Luta; sons Fred W. Waikiki Jr., Howard J. Akau and Hiram K. and Maxmin P. Kanuha; sisters Mary Kaluna, Emma Lapitan and Marvelyn Bannister; brothers Isaac and Nelson Waikiki and Tiburgo Agu; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services: 1 p.m. Friday at Door of the Faith Church, Waimea. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Waimea County Cemetery. Aloha attire.

Rose Y.K. Wilson, who was born in Kalihi, died March 20 in Castro Valley, Calif. She worked as a butcher in her parents’ store, and also as a saleslady at Hickam Air Force Base. She is survived by children Booker T. Jr., Frank A., Burnierose L. and Randall D.; siblings Sui Chong and Frank Kam and Emily Jones; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 7 p.m. today at Waimanalo Assembly of God Church, 91-941 Kalanianaole Highway. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Donations suggested to the church.

Rebecca K. “Becky” Young, 69, of Kaneohe is also survived by brother David K. Kailiwai. Additional information for an obituary yesterday provided by the mortuary.




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