I'd like to introduce you to Major General James Mukoyama Jr. He was commissioned as a Regular Army Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. He received his Master’s degree in the Teaching of Social Studies also from the University of Illinois in 1966.
During his five years on active duty, General Mukoyama served as a platoon leader in the demilitarized zone in the Republic of Korea and as an infantry company commander in the 9th Division in Vietnam. He was the youngest General Officer in the entire United States Army in 1987 and subsequently the youngest Major General three years later.
In 1989, he became the first Asian-American in the history of the United States to command an Army division. Among General Mukoyama’s decorations and badges are the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
General Mukoyama will be coming to Patton on Veteran's Day at 2pm, dressed in full uniform. He will spend time with our fourth and fifth graders at 2pm, and then he will meet with kindergarten through third grade at 3pm. General Mukoyama will speak with the students about Veterans Day and his military experience. There will be an opportunity for students to ask him some questions.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
If you know of a local veteran in the area, would you please contact Mrs. Ryl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Schmit (email@example.com) in the office (847-398-4288) so we can formally invite the veterans to attend our assembly? We would like to honor and thank them for their service to our country.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We are very excited at Patton about this opportunity for our students!
Eric Larson | Principal, Patton Elementary School