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100th Infantry Battalion veteran dies at 92

Goro Sumida fought in all the major battles the 100th Infantry Battalion engaged in during World War II. He kept photographs, maintained friendships with his comrades, and shared his memories with anyone who would ask.

"He remembered all the battles and the people. People would come to him with pictures, so that he could tell them who it was," said his daughter, Beverly Shiroma.

The 100th lost so many soldiers it was called the "purple heart battalion.' Sumida was an infantry scout in A company. It fought in North Africa, Italy and France, but he was never wounded.

"You get shot from a tank, You get shot from sniper. You get shot from almost your own friends. So not too bad. Still living," he told a reporter last December.

Sumida was an American of Japanese ancestry, the fifth of seven sons. Six of them served in the military. That's how proud they were to be Americans.

Shiroma said after the war her father lived a simple life. He married. worked as a tradesman, and raised a family.

"He was a really good man. He was very honest. He was hard working, and he was very generous," she said.

Just about every day, he visited the 100th Infantry Battalion clubhouse to spend time with his comrades. And he always had a modest gift handy to give to people he'd meet.

"That goodie bag, it's so simple but that was him," Shiroma said.

An author created a comic book about the 100th Infantry Battalion, and based it on Sumida's recollections.

"He's actually the main character, pretty much," Shiroma said.

Goro Sumida died at his home on October 25th. Shiroma said congestive heart failure caused his body to fail. He was 92.

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