Hawaii House of Representatives Honored Local World War II Soldiers

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REPORT FROM HOUSE MINORITY – Hawaii soldiers led by Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly who together, on Christmas Day 1949, committed to years of caring for the orphans of the Holy Family Home Orphanage of Osaka, Japan will be honored Wednesday by the Hawaii House of Representatives.

The soldiers provided significant personal time and financial support during and after the war to help to improve living conditions for the children.


In 1957 and 1958 respectively, the soldiers began two traditions that continue to this day. During Christmastime, children from the Holy Family Home are invited to visit the soldiers and their families stationed in Hawaii, and two soldiers visit the orphanage to act as “Father Christmas,” offering gifts and companionship to the children.

House of Representatives floor presentation commending the 27th Infantry Regiment Wolfhounds and Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly for its Peace Bridge with Japan

Offered by State Representatives Lauren Kealohilani Cheape and K. Mark Takai