Capt. Reid Kijiro Nishizuka

January 29, 1983April 27, 2013

Capt Reid Kijiro Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii died 27 April 2013 in the line of duty, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Visitation 5:00 p.m., service 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th at Central Union Church. Reverend Dr. David Hirano of Central Union Church will be officiating. Burial will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Reid was born in Honolulu on January 29, 1983 He graduated from Kailua High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Captain Nishizuka deployed to Afghanistan mid-April and had numerous previous deployments, participating in more than 200 combat missions. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base in California. He was a pilot with 2,434 flying hours, more than half of those hours in combat. His military awards included 10 Air Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals and two Air Force Achievement Medals.

Reid is survived by his parents, father, Ricky (Norene) Nishizuka; mother, Karyn (Dr. Deane) Hatakeyama; brothers, Capt. Chad (Michelle) Nishizuka and Reyn Nishizuka; friend, Xavier Winters; step-sisters, Leinelle Baptista and Lyllis Manzano; nieces, Kiana Young and Genevieve Garcia; nephews, Keoni and Kekoa Young; paternal grandparents, Shizuichi (Masako) Nishizuka; maternal grandmother, Ruth Kushimaejo; uncles, aunts, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to . Donations will benefit the Kailua High School Air Force JROTC, the University of Notre Dame ROTC, the USO, and the Friends of the Fallen in Dover, Delaware.

A Memorial Fund was also created through Bank of Hawaii. Those who would like to donate may direct donations to the "Capt. Reid Nishizuka Memorial Fund". Donations can be made at any Bank of Hawaii Branch. Donations will help cover expenses along with establishing a scholarship for Kailua High School Air Force JROTC.

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Charlie Gili

June 9, 2013

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Nishizuka Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Reid K. Nishizuka US Air Force Captain. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

S MacDaniel

May 25, 2013

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Reid will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq

S. Kronenwetter

May 23, 2013

God Bless you Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka.
Thank you for your service for our country.
May God Bless your family and friends during this difficult time.

May 10, 2013

My deepest condolences to Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka's family, relatives, and friends. May he now rest in eternal peace with God, his angels,and saints.
He served his natiion and the US Air Force well. Aloha Pumehana.

Lawrence M. O. Chun (USAF Retired, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii)

Lynne Neibert

May 10, 2013

Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne

Rob Clegg

May 10, 2013

Ricky and Karen,
We extend our condolences and deepest sypathies to you and your family. Our son David played little league with Reid. We will remember his brillance and his constnat smile. Know that he and your family are in our prayers.
Rob and Chioko Clegg

Margaret TaylorGomes

May 10, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Reyn, Chad, and your mom and dad. Reid was one of my most favorite 4th grade students. (along with Chad and Reyn). I know how truly missed he will be. My prayers are with all of you.
Margaret Taylor-Gomes