Waialua Sugar retiree
took pride in WWII duty

Robert Nobuo Morita was proud of the fact that he got a head start on other nisei from Hawaii who served in the U.S. military during World War II.

Morita turned 18 in December 1940 and was drafted into the Army soon after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the country's first peacetime draft law, the Selective Training and Service Act. He was the first draftee from Hawaii, according to his family.

Morita died Oct. 24 in the Queen's Medical Center at 80.

He lived in Waialua and was retired from Waialua Sugar Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Haleiwa.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mililani Memorial Mortuary, makai chapel. Friends may call after 6 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted and casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife Edna Y., daughter Jill N. and brother Joseph T.


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