Gregg K. Kakesako

Gregg K. Kakesako worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Gannett News Service as a congressional correspondent, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for more than four decades as a government, political and military affairs reporter, and assistant city editor.

Updated August 2022

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Two Hawai‘i Soldiers Receive Medal of Honor

Surrounded and stranded for two days in a forbidden Laotian South Vietnamese firebase, the country’s newest Medal of Honor recipient—Kaua‘i-born Spec. 5 Dennis M. Fujii—described the operation and rescue mission as the scariest he experienced in his nearly three years of combat and believed it would be his last. Fujii, 74, and Staff Sgt. Edward Noboru Kaneshiro—who also fought in the Vietnam War more than half a century ago—were the latest recipients of the nation’s highest military award for valor—the Medal of Honor. Kaneshiro, who was 38 ye…

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