New Mexico high school named after Nikkei veteran


Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura photo by The Gallup Herald

GALLUP, N.M. — Some 300 people gathered at Hiroshi Miyamura High School on Sept. 4 to celebrate the dedication and naming of the school, said principal Frank Chiapetti.

Hiroshi “Hershey Miyamura” was born in Gallup, and graduated from Gallup High School, before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

He married Terry Tsuchimori in 1948.

Miyamura also served in the Korean War, and was a prisoner of war. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Miyamura with the Congressional Medal of Honor — the “highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States” — at the White House on Oct. 27, 1953.

Chiapetti described Miyamura as “highly respected, humble, and a person the students look up to.”

The ceremony was held in the school’s auxiliary gym.

School has been in session since August, and classrooms have been constructed. The main gym, however,  is expected to be complete by January Chiapetti said.

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