U.S. military intel officer worked to help rebuild Japan after WWII
Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara, an American of Japanese ancestry who served as a high-ranking U.S. military intelligence officer in post-World War II Japan, died April 8 in Honolulu. He was 95.
Fukuhara, of Honolulu, who rose to the rank of colonel, worked as a U.S. military officer attached to the 33rd Infantry Division fighting against the Japanese military during World War II, at the same time as his mother and three brothers resided in Japan, according to the U.S. Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
After the war he was reunited with his family and worked to help rebuild Japan.
Son Mark Fukuhara said, “Dad was proud to play a role during his 48 years of working for the U.S. Army in active duty and federal civil service in developing Japan and U.S. relations as strong allies after the two countries fought as enemies during World War II.”
Harry Fukuhara was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame in 1988.
He also received the Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon, from the emperor of Japan.
Fukuhara was born in Seattle.
Fukuhara is survived by sons Mark and Brian, daughters Pam Tsuzaki and Shary Fukuhara-Hashimoto, and eight grandchildren.
Private services will be held in Honolulu, and public services in San Jose, Calif.