Susan Muroshige Omura
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Editor’s note: During a recent conversation with Susan Muroshige Omura, a friend and fellow 100th Battalion “daughter,” she asked me about the possibility of submitting a short article appealing to the families of World War II AJA veterans, particularly 100th Battalion veterans, to share their husband’s or father’s diaries and/or letters with the 100th Battalion’s website. In 2008, Susan — who resides in San Francisco, but flies back several times a year to spend time with her mother, Mieko Muroshige — was instrumental in developing the 100th Battalion’s Education Center and its outstanding website, www.100thbattalion.org, thanks to a grant from the state of Hawai‘i. Susan also led the effort to renovate the front lobby area of the historic 100th Battalion clubhouse on Kamoku Street in McCully, which now features informative panels on the 100th and its AJA “brother” units as well as several artifact display cases.
With so many of our Nisei veterans and their wives or widows passing every month, I recommended that she do it sooner than later — before their families unknowingly discard those treasures containing the real-time thoughts of the veterans while in combat in Europe. So, Susan got to work right away on her appeal.