James Shigeo Shimabuku was born on June 8, 1928 in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents “Sam” Okame Shimabuku, and Oto Higa, who was of Okinawan Descent. Growing up, Shimabuku attended the Royal School, the Central School, and the McKinley High School in Honolulu as part of the class of 1946. He worked as a driver in Hickam Field, HI, because enlisting in the Army Infantry in 1949. Shimabuku received his basic training at Schofield Barracks, which is a United States Army installation stationed in the Wahiawa District of Honolulu. As part of his overseas service, Shimabuku was part of the 35th Infantry Regiment and the 25th Infantry Division and was stationed in Otsu, Japan as a Jeep driver. Two weeks after the start of the Korean War, Shimabuku was transferred from Otsu to Kyushu. He participated in the Pusan Battle, and for his service in Korea, received the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, and other awards. Shimabuku was discharged from the military in 1953, and departed to the United States via Trans Air Airlines at 11:12 p.m., April 7, 1953. In his post military life, he has lived in several parts of the US, converted to Catholicism, and attended the College of the Pacific, Stockton in Accounting for 2 and ½ years under the GI Bill. Shimabuku also worked in McMasters Electric, and also worked as a bookkeeper. He married Dorothy Alice Guillen on January 17, 1959 after meeting her in Los Angeles, California. James and Dorothy have a daughter, Naomi.