Stanley Kunio Hayami (b. 12/23/1925) came to Heart Mountain on August 23, 1942 via the Pomona Assembly Center, assigned family number 22766. Arriving with him were his Issei parents, Frank N. and Asano, brothers Frank Yutaka and Walter, and sister Grace Sachiko. Before reporting to Pomona AS, they lived in Los Angeles and San Gabriel, California and Hayami was enrolled in Mark Keppel Hi.
View the WRA Accountability Roster page for the Hayami family.
While at Heart Mountain, the family lived at 8-2-B. Hayami was a student, diarist, and artist. He attended Heart Mountain High School, where he was Art Editor for the Tempo yearbook in 1944, having drawn many of the illustrations appearing in the yearbook.
Hayami departed on June 23, 1944 as one of 24 inductees (47 total that same week), destined for Fort Logan, Colorado for military service in the Army. The Boy Scout drum and bugle corps played at a ceremony held in their honor. He completed his basic training Fort Blanding, Florida.
Hayami, was a Private in the 442nd, 2nd Battalion, Company C. In an ironic double blow to the family in 1945, Stanley's brother Walter was injured in the line of duty on April 23rd, the same day Stanley was killed in action in San Terenzo, Italy. News of Walter's injury was posted on April 28th in the camp newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel, the same week their sister Grace returned to Heart Mountain to escort her parents back to the San Gabriel Valley. However, the news about Stanley's death was not received until the week of May 7th. The family held a wake at Heart Mountain on May 14th at the Christian church before finally departing on May 22nd for California.
Hayami was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles, California in Section A, which is designated for 442nd Nisei Soldiers and includes a Memorial, dedicated in 1949.
Densho. Stanley Hayami encyclopedia entry - http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Stanley%20Hayami/
Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Guide to the Stanley Hayami Diary, 1941–1944. Japanese American National Museum.
Digital version of Hayami's Diary - http://www.oac.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf687004zq;developer=local;style=oac4;doc.view=items
Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and the Smithsonian Museum American History. [Resource for Educators]. Japanese American Incarceration Through Primary Sources: The Diary of Stanley Hayami (35 pages) - https://americanhistory.si.edu/sites/default/files/file-uploader/StanleyHayamiDiary.pdf
Oppenheim , Joanne. Stanley Hayami, Nisei Son. New York: Brick Tower Press, 2008
[Available for purchase from the HMWF Store - https://shopheartmountain.org/collections/books-adult/products/stanleyhayaminiseison]
Yamato, Sharon and Ann Kaneko (Directors). A Flicker in Eternity: A film based on the World War II diary and letters of Stanley Hayami. A young man's tale of promise and hope. . .
(2012) color, TRT 25 mins., US, Documentary, http://flickerineternity.com
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*Most items below are available for on-site search at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Powell, Wyoming.
Heart Mountain High School. Hayami, Stanley. 1944 Tempo Yearbook, p. 24, HMWF Collections, Accession 2011.043
Otani, Kunio. 47 Men Leave for Induction. Heart Mountain Sentinel, Vol. III, No. 26, June 24, 1944, pp. 1/5
[Unknown]. Stanley Hayami, '44 Grad Falls in Italian Action; Pvt. Kawamoto Wounded. Heart Mountain Sentinel, Vol. IV, No. 20, May 12, 1944, p.1
War Relocation Authority. Accountability Roster as of 12/31/1944. NARA, WRA Record Group 210
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