James Juichi Inafuku was born in 1921 in Haiku, Maui to immigrants from Awase, Okinawa. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Honolulu and he graduated from McKinley High School. In August 1944 he volunteered for the army and was a replacement for the 100th in B Company.
After the war he worked in the army supply office at Fort Shafter and Kapalama. He was an active club member and participated in the golf and bowling teams.