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(Sandra Vea)

Sandra Vea is a Seattle native with an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and post graduate degrees from Western Washington and Seattle University. She has worked in public education for 25 years. Sandra’s motivation for writing the book, Masao A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II, was to honor the Nisei soldiers who served in the Pacific with little recognition and to all Niseis who faced adversity to prove their loyalty to this country. As Sandra wrote in her book, “This is the importance of history – to learn from our shortsightedness, to grow as a people, and to become stronger by listening to those who have gained wisdom through endurance.”  

Updated September 2017

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An American Treasure

Whether Californians know it or not, they have a national treasure living among them. He just turned 102. He lives a quiet life in the bay area now, but served in the U.S. Army during two wars: World War II and the Korean War. I have never met him but have gotten to know him through letters, the old-fashioned kind that you get in the mail. His name is Hiro, very fitting - because he is, after all, a hero.

The first letter from Hiro arrived within weeks of Masao Abe’s passing in August, 2013, it was a condolence ...

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We Should Listen

I had the extraordinary experience of getting to know a Nisei solider before he died in 2013. His name was Masao Abe and he was born in 1916. I met Masao when he was in his late 80s and, after his precious wife of 63 years died, spent two days a week with him during the last three years of his life. I came to love Masao, he was like a father to me. He was kind, generous, and had the most wonderful sense of humor. I miss him still.

What I appreciated about Masao more than anything was what ...

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