Funeral Set for Saturday
Funeral service for George Nakashima, 35,
Long Beach policeman who died in Japan; April 27 while on military
leave with the U.S. Air Force, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the
chapel of Dilday Family Funeral Directors.
Nakashima, a native of
California, lived at 1820 Arlington St. He leaves his wife Edith A.;
sons. Gary, Rodney, and Richard; father Carl Nakashima mother, Mrs.
Paula Carmona; brothers, Paraxetis, Albert and Robert; sisters, Mrs.
Maggie Rossello, Mrs. Angie Kato, Mrs. Haruko Naranjo, Mrs. Namiko
Diaz and Mrs. Bessie James.
[Published in the
Impendent, Long Beach, CA, page 9, on 6 May 1960]
(courtesy of D K Railsback)
Application for a grave marker and resulting bronze
tablet for George Takashima in the Starlight Terrace, 260, C of the
Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles county,
As a young teenager,
even though he was born in California, George was interned in the
Jerome War Relocation Center, a Japanese-American internment camp
located in southeastern Arkansas near the town of Jerome.
George enlisted in the
Army at Ft MacArthur, San Pedro, CA on 24 Feb 1944 and served with
Company D, 508th PIR while the regiment was still in Frankfort,
Following discharge he
apparently completed college, probably under the G.I. Bill.
He then joined the Air
Force as a commissioned officer and served a tour with the 40th
Fighter Interceptor squadron in Japan. It is unknown whether
he was a pilot but since his grave marker application stated "No
Medals" he may not have been a flying officer as he would have flown
multiple missions during that Korean War period.
His obituary states he
was a Long Beach policeman but was on leave from the Air Force,
perhaps as a reservist, when he died in Japan. No information
relating to the circumstances of his death have been found.