For Pierce County Council

District  #1  (R)

Sharon   HANEK

Tribute to  Mom and Dad

Sharon is the proud daughter of one of America's "Unsung Heroes".  Her father George M Koshi played several roles during and after World War II.  He was one of the top analysts reviewing Japanese war documents as a member of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and was also an attorney for the War CrimesTrial in Japan.  After the Occupation he served as a liaison between the U.S. and Japanese governments.  He taught the Japanese officials how to use their new "Constitution" and helped them set up their legal system.  

Sharon's mother, Ai Takizawa, was sent to a relocation camp in Idaho when all the Japanese Americans were removed from the Seattle area. Meanwhile her uncles served honorably in the famous 442nd.

Despite the hardships of the war, Sharon's parents taught her to cherish the values of freedom, told her she could become whoever she wanted to be, and most important instilled a patriotism to LOVE THE U.S.A. and serve her State and Country.

MORE INFORMATION ON MIS / 442nd and the contribution of Japanese Americans

Military Intelligence Service - Densho Encyclopedia

Minnesota Historical Society - MIS Language School at Fort Snelling

Military Intelligence Service - MIS Honors & Awards

Minidoka - National Historic Site of Minidoka

Go for Broke National Education Center

Densho Project

Seattle Nisei Vets - NVC Foundation

Sharon sitting in front of the NVC Memorial Wall
located at 1212 South King Street, Seattle.