‘Legendary’ World War II veteran Ben Kuroki passes

Ben Kuroki, a “legendary aerial gunner” and World War II veteran, died Sept. 1 in Camarillo, Calif., the Japanese American Veterans Association said in a statement. He was 98. According to JAVA, Kuroki was “the first Nisei to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war and was the only Nisei to serve as aerial gunner in […]

War vet Kuwayama, who saved Daniel Inouye’s life, dies

WASHINGTON — Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama, a 442nd Regimental Combat Team combat medic, passed away June 29, the Japanese American Veterans Association said in a statement. He was 96. Kuwayama was born in 1918 in Manhattan in New York.   He entered the U.S. Army in 1941. Initially, he was assigned to a Coast Artillery National Guard unit […]

Roy Matsumoto, of Merrill’s Marauders fame, dies at 100

“Ranger” Roy Matsumoto, a Nisei recognized for his military heroics with Merrill’s Marauders, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his San Juan Island, Wash. home on the morning of April 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. His passing came less than two weeks short of his 101st birthday. “We are all very sad, […]

SUS ITO: The life of an American soldier and noted biologist

Susumu “Sus” Ito is renown within the medical field for his work with the gastronomical tract. Despite retiring as a professor from Harvard Medical School in 1990, the 92-year-old continues to go into the lab in Boston a few times a week to study. His work has won him recognition around the world and has […]

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