John Paul Yoshimura
Major, United States Army
John Paul Yoshimura, 62, a retired Army Major who as a small child spent four years in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, was found dead April 17, 2003, at his home in Arlington, Virginia.
A death certificate issued by the Virginia Department of Health lists the cause of death as cardiac arrest.
Major Yoshimura was born in Los Angeles, where his parents owned a grocery store. His family was interned in Manzanar, California, in 1942 and released four years later. After that, the family settled in Chicago.
He was a journalism graduate of Marquette University. He received a commission in the Army through the ROTC program.
He served a tour in Vietnam during the war there. He was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency when he retired from active duty in 1993.
His companion, Paula Jenkins, died in 1993.
Survivors include his father, James Y. Yoshimura
of Chicago; seven brothers; and three sisters.