Heitaro Hikida

Brick #337   Wall Location  Column: 40   Row: 11

March 10, 1895 to January 4, 1988. Immigrated from Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 1907. Married Kei Nigorizawa on August 26, 1926. Father of Raymond M., Irene E., Julia Y., Gloria K., Joyce M., and Allan M. Internment was at Minidoka, Block 19. Returned to the Seattle area in early fall of 1945 and operated a furniture business. Active in JACL throughout his life. He was a key member of the committee that erected the Nisei Veterans Memorial in the Lakeview Cemetary in 1949. Became a naturalized citizen in 1953. Received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government in recognition of his outstanding service in fostering Japanese-American relations. A key member of the group protesting the injustice of the internment of Japanese American Citizens during World War II. This protest resulted in Congressional action which redressed the internment. He was a hard working and active member of the Japanese Congregational Church, serving as Treasurer for a number of years.

Assembly Centers
  • Puyallup
  • Minidoka
Brick Donors
  • Jimmy Yoshinaka
  • Gloria Yoshinaka