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Nakashima’s 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, California.

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, Germany.

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.

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