Rudy Tokiwa

Nisei male born July 7, 1925, near San Jose. Grew up in Salinas, California, until he went to Japan at the age of thirteen. Studied in Japan until about 1939. Incarcerated at Salinas Assembly Center, California and Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Volunteered out of camp to serve in the U.S. military. Fought in Europe as a battalion runner for the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Single-handedly captured a group of German officers, fought in the famous "Battle of the Lost Battalion," and was present at the liberation of Bruyeres. Was recruited to lobby Congress for passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act as a representative for Nikkei veterans, and proved invaluable in garnering support among particularly resistant members of Congress. Mr. Tokiwa passed away on December 4, 2004.

Interviews

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II — ddr-densho-1000-92
July 2 - 3, 1998. Honolulu, Hawaii.
05:46:21 — 65 segments.
Rudy Tokiwa Interview I — ddr-densho-1000-91
September 13, 1997. University of CA, Los Angeles.
00:42:36 — 10 segments.
Rudy Tokiwa
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