Ishihara, James Hiroshi, CW3

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
9666-Counterintelligence Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1962-1963, 9666, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
Service Years
1944 - 1963
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Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 3

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Honolulu, HI
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Casualty Date
Mar 10, 1963
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 019/Section V Site 1119

 Official Badges 

War Department Military Intelligence French Fourragere US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Badge

 Unofficial Badges 

Nisei Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1963, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
442nd Regimental Combat Team24th Infantry Division3rd Military Intelligence BattalionMAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1944-1944, 04B, (MISLS) Japanese Language Course, Camp Savage, MN
  1944-1945, 9330, HHC, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  1950-1953, 9666, 24th Infantry Division
  1962-1963, 9666, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion
  1962-1963, 9666, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1962-1963 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Hawaii
  1941-1942, University of Hawaii
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Military Training at Camp Savage
  Military Photos
  Nov 13, 2014, General Photos12
  Nov 03, 2018, memorial a-team Notes2 442nd regiment from wikipedia
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Last Known Activity
CW3 James Ishihara served during WWII, enlisting on 3 January 1944. According to his grave marker, he also served in Korea as well as Vietnam.

In Vietnam, he was served with 704th Intelligence Corps Detachment (Counter Intelligence -CI). He was attached to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-162) "Golden Eagles". The squadron conducted a four-month rotation in Da Nang in support of Operation SHUFLY, an aerial reconnaissance effort that also provided the South Vietnamese with greater tactical mobility, assault support, and offensive air support.

On 10 March 1963, HMM-162 attempted to rescue a pilot and observer of a downed Army Mohawk aircraft in the mountains west of Da Nang. Ishihara, a counterintelligence agent, went on the mission to secure any classified or sensitive data and equipment on board the crashed aircraft.

Due to the adverse conditions (high altitude, temperatures, and humidity) and the fact that the rescue cable was too short to reach the ground, the pilot had to fly close to the treetops to rescue the downed crew. During this effort, he exceeded the power capabilities of the H-34 helicopter and crashed.

Ishihara, a graduate of the MI Service Language School at Fort Snelling and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, was one of two killed.

He was a passenger aboard a Marine UH-34D (#145747) during a rescue attempt of a down Army helicopter crew wwest of Da Nang. Apparently, the helicopter exceeded the power capabilities of the H-34, lost lift, crashed, and burned.

CW3 Ishihara was interred in National Memorial Cemetery of The Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, in Section V Site 1119.
Comments/Citation - 2 congressional Gold Medals
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Note: Attended the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), Class 44-02, Camp Savage, Minnesota,  for Japanese Language instruction.
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