Shiroku "Whitey" Yamamoto
442nd Antitank Company

Shiroku “Whitey” Yamamoto


Shiroku "Whitey" Yamamoto is born in 1923 in Ninole, Hawaii. His father, 46 years old when Whitey is born, names him Shiroku - shi for four, roku for six.

Whitey is the only son of immigrants Asaemon and Kimiko Yamamoto. His mother leaves the family, and his father, Asaemon, an independent sugar cane cultivator, raises Whitey on his own.

His father dies in 1941. Orphaned at age 17, Whitey is cared for by foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Rhoads.