Ted Tsukiyama

The late attorney Ted Tsukiyama was a U.S. Army military intelligence translator during World War II who returned to Hawaii with other Japanese-American veterans to transform the political landscape of the islands.

He was the recipient of several awards, including a recent lifetime achievement recognition for his work on industrial relations and an Imperial Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays for fostering positive U.S.-Japan relations through bonsai, a longtime interest of his. He passed away at age 98 in February 2019.

Updated February 2019

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Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV) Role in Activation of 442nd RCT

One of the least known Nisei military units in World War II was the Varsity Victory Volunteers, popularly known as the V V V which was activated and served during the first year of the War and now acknowledged to be the forerunner to the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The true origins of the V V V trace back to the very day of the Pearl Harbor attack when the University of Hawaii ROTC unit was called out for duty within the first hour of the attack. Close to five hundred ROTC cadets responded for duty, 60% – 70% of ...

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