Respected WWII Vet Ted Tsukiyama dies

Respected WWII Vet Ted Tsukiyama dies
Ted Tsukiyama is credited with helping breaking the racial divide amid WWII. (Archive)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Distinguished World War II veteran Ted Tsukiyama has died.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Manoa man helped form the first all-Nisei military unit, despite the bitter racial divide that came in the heat of war.

Tsukiyama later trained with the 442nd ‘Go For Broke’ regiment and served as an intelligence translator in the jungles of Burma

After the war, Tsukiyama became the first Japanese-American to graduate from Yale Law School. He went on to have a long career in arbitration and mediation.

In his spare time, he was an avid bonsai tree grower, and internationally renown for it.

Tsukiyama died Wednesday of complications from a stroke. He was 98 years old.

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