Ellison Onizuka

Shoji Onizuka (1946 - 1986)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Lt Col Shoji (Ellison) Onizuka
Born in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, United States of Americamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2017 | Last significant change: 11 Nov 2018
19:19: Gil Davis edited the Biography for Shoji Onizuka (1946-1986). (added cemetery) [Thank Gil for this]
This page has been accessed 217 times.

Categories: American Notables | Kealakekua, Hawaii | United States Air Force | Meritorious Service Medal | National Defense Service Medal | NASA Astronauts | STS-51-C Crew Members | STS-51-L Crew Members | NASA Space Flight Medal | Congressional Space Medal of Honor | National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ellison Onizuka is notable.
Join: Notables Project
Discuss: notables


Father: Masamitsu Onizuka (1905 - 1969)
Mother: Mitsue Nagata (1913 - 1990)
Spouse: Lorna Leiko Yoshida

Ellison Shoji Onizuka (June 24, 1946 – January 28, 1986) was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Hawaii.

1946 Born in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, USA.

1969 Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado. Participated in Air Force ROTC. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Defense Service
1978 Selected by NASA in Astronauts Group 8. [1]
1985 Flew on Discovery STS-51-C as MS1 with Thomas Kenneth Ken Mattingly II, Loren Shriver, James Buchli and Gary Payton. Awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal. [2]
Space Flight
1986 Flew on Challenger STS-51-L as MS1 with Dick Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. [2] Died in the crash resulting from the explosion of the Challenger.
2004 Awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. [3]
Space Medal
of Honor


  1. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year
  2. 2.0 2.1 Agency Awards Historical Recipient List
  3. Congressional Space Medal of Honor Recipients

See also:

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

No known carriers of Ellison's ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests and no close relatives have taken a 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" test.

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 1
Ellison Shoji Onizuka Image 1
Ellison Shoji Onizuka Image 1


O  >  Onizuka  >  Shoji Onizuka