Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Howard Takanaka

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Howard Shizue Takanaka Jr., a 26-year-old Army veteran who disappeared from Superior, Wisconsin sometime in January 1984.

The circumstances of his disappearance are vague; even the exact date his unknown. However, there’s no reason to think he’s not still alive today …somewhere.

6 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Howard Takanaka

  1. Patrick Kerrigan May 16, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    I wonder if he ever used the VA for medical treatment, or was getting any other benefits from them. Something to check with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 16, 2019 / 8:43 pm

    Meaghan, I searched Mr. Takanaka, and he appears on Websleuths with his last name as Takenaka. I wonder which one is the correct spelling.

    • Meaghan May 16, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      Transliterated names often have multiple spellings.

  3. missingmysteries May 16, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    I don’t mean to discount his ethnic heritage, but I think it’s worth noting that visually, he appears to have a significant amount of European heritage. From an identification standpoint this could be important; remains that are listed as white or Caucasian shouldn’t be ruled out in his case. Just my opinion.

  4. diamondlil16 May 18, 2019 / 1:22 am


    The “a” is missing from the header, the OP entry is “Takana”

    • diamondlil16 May 18, 2019 / 1:24 am

      Oops, and the K is missing as well

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