Can You Help Koyu Shiroma?

March 15, 2005

Koyu and his fellow orphans

I am looking for information regarding my two sisters whom I have not had contact with since the end of World War II, approximately sixty years ago. I was housed at Camp Susupe in Saipan from June 16th, 1944, the date our village was bombed, until August 1945. The camp was divided between boys and girls. So, even if my two sisters survived the bombing, I would have had no contact with them because of the separation.

I was taken to Okinawa by my uncle, Higa Unkichi of Yomitan-son Kina, on an American ship, and have lost any trace of my younger sisters' whereabouts. If anyone has any information at all pertaining to their location, or even a part of their story, I would greatly appreciate it.

My father, named Kouye Shiroma, relocated from Okinawa to Saipan sometime in the 1930s and grew and harvested sugar cane on 40-plus acres. He was born on August 10th, 1896 in Yomitan-son Kina, Okinawa, Japan.

My mother was named Yusa Shiroma, born on September 5th, 1919 in Yomitan-son Toya, Okinawa, Japan. She relocated to Saipan sometime in the1930s.

My younger sister was named Setsuko Shiroma, born on February 5th, 1941. She would have been three years-old at the time of the battle and our subsequent separation.

My other younger sister was named Shigeko Shiroma, born on December 16th, 1942. She would have been two years at the time of the battle and our subsequent separation.

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos and they did not have any distinguishing features that I can recall.

I want to know if anyone recognizes their names, or this story. They might have survived the bombing and taken to a separate camp or even adopted. Please, if anyone has any information let me know via e-mail to:

koyu.shiroma@gmail.com

Thank you,
Koyu Shiroma

 

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