Okubo Dental Clinic

Physical Address

Okubo Dental Clinic
11582 C Street
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sick Call - Call for Same-day Appointment
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays

Contact Information

Front Desk: (253) 967-4989
Appointment Line: (253) 966-7670


From Interstate 5 exit 120 proceed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis North to. 41st Division Drive. After stopping at the security check point continue north on 41st Division Drive to C Street. At the intersection of 41st Division Drive and C Street turn right. The Okubo Dental Clinic is collocated with the Okubo Family Medical Clinic at the end of the block, on the right hand side of the street, just before you reach the intersection of C Street and 17th Street.


The Okubo Dental Clinic provides all facets of general dentistry and specialty care offered only to active duty service members. Procedures performed include:

  • Examinations
  • Cleanings (Prophylaxis)
  • Preventive Services (Fluoride, Sealants, Instruction)
  • Tooth Fillings (Restorative)
  • Root Canals (Endodontics)
  • Gum Disease Treatment (Periodontics)
  • Crown & Bridge, as needed
  • Extractions (Oral Surgery)
  • Removable Dentures, as needed
  • Referral for complex oral rehabilitation, as needed


The Okubo Family Medical and Dental Complex is named after Technician Fifth Grade James K. Okubo, a combat medic assigned to the 442nd Combat Regimental Team that saw heavy combat in Europe during World War II.

Okubo distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action in a French forest close to the German border on October 28, 29 and November 4, 1944 in which he treated and saved more than 25 men. He ran 75 yards under a hail of machine-gun fire to a tank, where a badly wounded soldier was trapped and climbed inside the tank, lifted the man onto his back and carried him to safety. Okubo dragged himself by his elbows hundreds of yards through that same forest to save other wounded comrades in K Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. For his actions, Okubo was awarded the Silver Star.

Okubo, a Washington state native and a son of a restaurateur, was born in Anacortes and raised in Bellingham, where he played high-school football. He was a Nisei, which means that he was a second generation Japanese-American.

In February 1942, an executive order directed the government to confine Japanese Americans in internment camps scattered throughout the West. Okubo and his family were sent first to Tule Lake, Calif., then to Heart Mountain, Wyo. A year later, the government reversed its policy and allowed Japanese Americans to enlist in the military. Okubo, his two brothers and two cousins volunteered and were assigned to the all-Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The unit earned more than 18,000 individual medals and was the most decorated unit in World War II.

Okubo survived the war, later moving to Michigan and becoming a dentist. Tragically, he was killed in a car accident on January 29, 1967. He was 47.

In 1996, Congress directed the Secretary of the Army to review service records of Asian Americans who received the Silver Star during World War II. Okubo's award was one of those reviewed and upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented in a formal ceremony at the White House on June 21, 2000.

On February 21, 2002, a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held opening the brand new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art family medical and dental complex with Okubo’s widow, Nobuyo Okubo in attendance.

The Okubo Medical and Dental Complex is more than 25,000 square feet in size and consists of 39 dental and medical examination and treatment rooms.

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