Today was Luke’s service at Hawai’i State Veteran’s Cemetery in Kane’ohe. It was brief and to the point, just the way he would have wanted it. Since he served many years in the military, he received a full honor guard detail including a 21 gun salute.
Among Luke’s accomplishments in service: he enrolled in the National Guard at 14 years old, was fully enlisted at 16. He served in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He was a Green Beret. Among his decorations: The National Defense Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Honorary Jump Wings, Soldiers Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), Army Commmendation Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, and Republic of China Taiwan Rough Terrain Parachute Badge.
Once he retired he got his Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree at Hawaii Loa (Now Hawaii Pacific University) and became a labor and delivery nurse. He delivered babies from 1990 to 1999.
For me, the biggest piece of his resume does not have a medal. He took diligent care of his wife Toshiko after her stroke in 1997 and attended to all of her needs up until a week of his passing.
Rest in peace, Luke.