19th MP’s building dedicated to ‘Mr. CID’

| June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

Bldg. 1411 at 1045 Kelly Road is a newly constructed facility at South Range

19th Military Police Battalion
(Criminal Investigation Division)

Kinoshita is a chief warrant officer 4. (Courtesy Photo)

Kinoshita is a chief warrant officer 4. (Courtesy Photo)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Chief Warrant Officer 4 George J. Kinoshita, was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Bakersfield, California.

He and his family suffered the injustice and indignity of being confined to one of the infamous detainment camps the government created after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 19, 1946, and from the beginning, honorably performed his duties as a Soldier.

Initially serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in Japan, he rose in the ranks from noncommissioned officer to chief warrant officer.

During the Korean War, he was attached to the 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps, and was wounded in combat during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter. He was decorated for heroism with the award of the Bronze Star Medal.

The citation for the award of the Bronze Star with “V” device, as reflected in General Orders Number 136, Oct. 26, 1956, reads as follows:

Kinoshita receives the Bronze Star. (Courtesy Photo)

Kinoshita receives the Bronze Star. (Courtesy Photo)

“Warrant Officer Junior Grade George J. Kinoshita, W2136012, United States Army, a member of the 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Team, is cited for heroic action against the armed enemy near Yongsan, Korea, on 3 September 1950.  While on duty with Headquarters, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, Warrant Officer Kinoshita was on a mission near Yongsan screening refugees.  He discovered three enemy Soldiers among the refugees.  The refugees informed him that there were others in a nearby house.  Warrant Officer Kinoshita took a patrol to the house and became engaged in a fierce
fire fight. In the fight, Warrant Officer Kinoshita killed four of the enemy and forced others to flee to a wooded mountain area.  He vigorously continued the action under fire until seriously wounded and evacuated.  The heroism displayed by Warrant Officer Kinoshita on this occasion reflects great credit on himself and the military service.”

CW4 Kinoshita remained in the Counter Intelligence Corps until 1952, when he married Chieko Yonemoto, a Japanese National, at which time he transferred to, and started his 23 year career with CID.  In total, his military career spanned 29 years, until his retirement on Oct. 31, 1975.

Kinoshita is a warrant officer junior grade. (Courtesy Photo)

Kinoshita is a warrant officer junior grade. (Courtesy Photo)

Kinoshita was instrumental in leading the professionalization and reorganization of Army criminal investigation sections from the garrison Provost Marshal Office to its consolidation under newly formed CID Regions in 1965.  This realignment led to the centralization and creation of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in 1971.

Known affectionately as “Mr. CID,” Kinoshita was routinely praised as an outstanding, dedicated, enthusiastic, competent, inspiring, reliable, exceptional professional. His promotion record is a simple indicator of his excellence and leadership abilities.

He was promoted from private to private first class, March 1, 1947; promoted to corporal, April 1, 1947; promoted to sergeant, July 1, 1947; and then, on Dec. 23, 1947, was promoted to warrant officer junior grade.  He left a legacy for all agents to admire.

Kinoshita’s ties to the Pacific Theater and the 19th Military Police Battalion’s area of operations are numerous. His first CID assignment was with the 44th MP Det. (CI) in 1952 in Japan.  From 1966 to 1974, Kinoshita successively served as the commander of the 521st MP Det., Camp Zama, Japan; commander of the 523d MP Det., Korea; and culminated his career in the Pacific stationed at Fort Shafter.

While in Hawaii, Kinoshita served initially in the U.S. Army-Pacific Provost Marshal Office, and then as the first operations officer of the newly created 4th Region (Group), USACIDC. His final assignment was at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, where he served as operations officer, 6th MP Region (Group), and then after the commander of the San Francisco Field Office was relieved following a failed IG inspection in 1974, Kinoshita was assigned as the first warrant officer to command a field grade command, and the office passed its reinspection with flying colors.

Kinoshita and his wife, Chieko, have four children, Kay Kinoshita-Pawlowski, George Kinoshita Jr., Gail Nakasone, and Marilyn Kinoshita (Morales).  After military retirement, the Kinoshita family lived in Mililani,  becoming an active part of their local community.

Kinoshita passed away on Aug. 10, 1997, and is laid to rest in the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery. In 2008, Kinoshita was inducted into the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) Hall of Fame.

His awards and decorations follow: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster with “V” device, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2d award), United Nations Service Medal (with Korea clasp), Korean War Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal.  Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II, Expert Badge with Pistol Bar, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar, and the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star.

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  1. peacockparis says:

    Wow I still can’t believe that he’s my uncle!!!!!😮 He is a very inspiring person.

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