Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese-American of the US Army to see air combat in the Pacific Theater (plus European) during World War II, flying a total of 58 combat missions during the war, After Pearl Harbor, both Kuroki brothers denied enlistment but reapplied. By the end of the war, Kuroki had three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When asked about the prejudice that almost prevented him from service, Kuroki said: "I had to fight like hell for the right to fight for my own country."
Tōyō Miyatake (1896–1979) was a Japanese American photographer, best known for his photographs documenting the Japanese American people and the Japanese American internment at Manzanar during WWII.Miyatake was born in Kagawa, Shikoku in Japan in 1896. In 1909 he migrated to the United States to join his father. He settled in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ansel Adams 1943)
A sad piece of Seattle history. Bainbridge Island evacuees walking to train, March 30, 1942 Staff Photographer Seattle Post-Intelligencer On March 30, 1942, the United States Army escorted over 200 Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. The internees boarded a waiting train which carried them to the Manzanar internment camp in the California desert. Many were later moved to Camp Minidoka, in Idaho. This was the first evacuation of Japanese Americans from the Pacific Northwest.