In decades-old tradition, Hawaii’s Wolfhounds host Japanese orphans

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Kirito Uchikaneku introduces himself during a reception at the Honolulu airport July 29, 2016, as Capt. Joseph Simmons looks on. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
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Kirito Uchikaneku introduces himself during a reception at the Honolulu airport July 29, 2016, as Capt. Joseph Simmons looks on. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

In decades-old tradition, Hawaii’s Wolfhounds host Japanese orphans

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 30, 2016

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Members of the 27th Infantry Regiment have received Medals of Honor for heroic actions in battles going back as far as the Spanish-American War.

Dubbed the “Wolfhounds,” they liken their fighting prowess to the snapping jaws of their mascot.

But each summer, the Hawaii-based Wolfhounds reveal a softer side, hosting a group of Japanese orphans for several weeks.

For the past 59 years, families of the regiment have taken in orphans from the Holy Family Home in Osaka, Japan. On Friday, two boys and two girls, all age 11, were greeted at Honolulu airport by a gathering of soldiers, VIPS and an 86-year-old woman referred to as “the mother of the Wolfhounds,” Yuko O’Reilly.

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