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Taps: Thomas S. Ito Update

March 10, 2019

Brigadier General Thomas S. Ito (Retired) born in Honolulu, Tom was a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute and the University of Hawaii.

He served for 37 years in the Hawaii Army National Guard (Artillery) and National Guard Bureau (Army), including 6 years in Washington, DC at the Pentagon. Tom was the Deputy Adjutant General of Hawaii before accepting the position of US Property and Fiscal Officer for the Slate of Hawaii. In 1977, Tom was promoted to Brigadier General, becoming only the fourth general officer of Japanese-American heritage in US military service.

After his retirement, Tom enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, golfing, and traveling, especially to Las Vegas. He died in Honolulu on January 26 at age 90.

Tom is survived by Doris, his wife of 64 years; his children Merrie Chung (Russell), Wendell Ito (Ann) and Alison Kevern (Brad) and his grandchildren Zack and Alyx Chung and Nick and Lauren Kevern.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, visitation will begin at 9:00AM followed by a Memorial Service at 10:00AM at Central Union Church Sanctuary. Military Honors at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) will begin at 2:00PM. Private burial at a later date.

In lieu of gifts, memorial contributions may be made to: HIARNG Youth Challenge Academy 91-1001 Shangrila Street / PO Box 75348 Kapolei, HI 96707

Earlier Retiree News post on Thomas Ito

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