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Kotoro 'Roy' Nakamine

Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. His war experiences are included in the book "I Can Never Forget: Men of the 100th/442nd," by Thelma Chang. Roy boxed as a Featherweight as a young man in Hawaii and even during his Army days (Worldwide Bantamweight Champion). He won nine major individual crowns as bantamweight and featherweight with over 90 bouts during his career in the ring. Later, in the Air Force, he coached the Air Force team to a number of championships, several Pan American Trials and was involved with the U.S. Boxing team in the Olympic Trials in the 1960's.

  • 1940 - Started his fighting career with the CYO club in downtown Honolulu
  • 1943 - Won the 5th Army Bantamweight Championship
  • 1944 - Runner Up All-Allied Boxing Tournament
  • 1947 - Won the Bantamweight Division in the Air Transport Command Worldwide Boxing Tournament
  • 1948 - Won the 5th Air Force Featherweight Championship
  • 1947 - Began coaching career with U.S. Air Force
  • 1955 - His Pan American Team won eight of ten weight divisions
  • 1959 - His team copped two division championships
  • 1954 - He took the Hickam boxing team to the Pacific Coast Conference where 4 of his fighters took the crown of their respective weight divisions
  • 1954 - Coach All Air Force Boxing Team
  • 1954 - Worldwide Inter-service Tournament with 5 individual champions
  • 1954-1964 - Coached nine Air Force teams in inter-service boxing championships. During his coaching tenure his teams captured 33 individual championships. Among the 33 crowns annexed they won eight out of 10 slots open in the United States team which competed in the Pan-American Games at Mexico City.
  • 1955 - Team won crowns at Golden Gloves tournaments in Chicago, Kansas City and Cedar Rapids
  • 1955 - Team won crowns at the World-Wide Inter-Service Championships and the National AAU tournament
  • 1962-1963 - Coached the Air Defense Command Worldwide Tournament
  • 1965 - Rated as the U.S. Air Force Top Boxing Coach
  • 1994 - Inducted into the Air Force Boxing Hall of Fame


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