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Friday, January 1, 2016

Remembering WWII Veteran Susumu Ito

Susumu Ito is second from the right in this photo taken in France during WWII of four Japanese American soldiers who became officers in the 44nd. All four of these veterans are now deceased. (Vincent Yee photo of Susumu Ito photo)

Susumu Ito is second from the right in this photo taken in France during WWII of four Japanese American soldiers who became officers in the 44nd. All four of these veterans are now deceased. (Vincent Yee photo of Susumu Ito photo)

Susumu Ito with Spam Musubi. (Emiko Tamagawa/Here & Now)

Susumu Ito with Spam Musubi. (Emiko Tamagawa/Here & Now)

We wanted to take a moment today to pay tribute to a member of the greatest generation who we lost in 2015.

Susumu Ito of Wellesley, Massachusetts died in September at the age of 96.

He was a veteran of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, the most decorated unit of its size in American military history.

The 442nd fought mostly in Europe in World War II. It was composed almost entirely of Japanese-American soldiers.

Many of them had families who were interned by the US government because they were perceived as a threat to national security.

Here and Now’s Emiko Tamagawa spoke with him in 2013.

Guest

  • Susumu Ito, retired Harvard professor who served with the 442nd unit in World War II.

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