From a contemporary press report:
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.
YOSHIMURA, JOHN P
MAJ US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 06/02/1963 – 10/18/2000
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/18/1940
DATE OF DEATH: 04/17/2003
DATE OF INTERMENT: 05/22/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 5-X ROW 17 SITE 1
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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