Sansei male. Born April 20, 1939, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Watsonville, California, where father's parents farmed. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Colorado. Lived for a time in Colorado before the family returned to farm in Watsonville. Attended school in Watsonville and eventually studied physics at UC Berkeley. Volunteered for the military and became an officer in the Marine Corps. Served overseas during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star for service as a platoon commander during Operation Utah, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. After leaving the Marine Corps, worked in the IT field with IBM and eventually as the CTO of Hitachi Vantara.