Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese-American of the US Army to see air combat in the Pacific Theater (plus European) during World War II, flying a total of 58 combat missions during the war,  After Pearl Harbor, both Kuroki brothers denied enlistment but reapplied. By the end of the war, Kuroki had three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When asked about the prejudice that almost prevented him from service, Kuroki said: "I had to fight like hell for the right to fight for my own country."

Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese-American of the US Army to see air combat in the Pacific Theater (plus European) during World War II, flying a total of 58 combat missions during the war, After Pearl Harbor, both Kuroki brothers denied enlistment but reapplied. By the end of the war, Kuroki had three Distinguished Flying Crosses. When asked about the prejudice that almost prevented him from service, Kuroki said: "I had to fight like hell for the right to fight for my own country."

Smoky the cat saluting, February 1943. In 1940 Smoky the cat was rescued after an air raid during the blitz. Miss Ann Twynam of Paddington took him home, and nursed him back to health. She taught Smoky to salute, and whenever service friends visited, Smoky loved to do his saluting turn ~

Smoky the cat saluting, February 1943. In 1940 Smoky the cat was rescued after an air raid during the blitz. Miss Ann Twynam of Paddington took him home, and nursed him back to health. She taught Smoky to salute, and whenever service friends visited, Smoky loved to do his saluting turn ~

Actor and comedian Jonathan Winters quit high school during his senior year and joined the United States Marine Corps. He served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II — he served as a gunner on the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard.

Actor and comedian Jonathan Winters quit high school during his senior year and joined the United States Marine Corps. He served two and a half years in the Pacific Theater during World War II — he served as a gunner on the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard.

US citizens Lee Rogers and John Todd photographed after being liberated from their civilian internment camp. Both men had been working at the university in Manila when the Japanese invaded, and were interned for the duration of the war.

US citizens Lee Rogers and John Todd photographed after being liberated from their civilian internment camp. Both men had been working at the university in Manila when the Japanese invaded, and were interned for the duration of the war.

The Kawanishi Emily flying boat. Photo #7 by © gh0stdot  The Betty Mitsubishi Attack bomber. Truk lagoon - 20m deep

The Kawanishi Emily flying boat. Photo #7 by © gh0stdot The Betty Mitsubishi Attack bomber. Truk lagoon - 20m deep

Chinese Boy Beheaded - his only crime was being a member of a household suspected by the Japanese of aiding Chinese guerillas (the Japanese call them "Bandits") ca. 1938. Corbis photo

Chinese Boy Beheaded - his only crime was being a member of a household suspected by the Japanese of aiding Chinese guerillas (the Japanese call them "Bandits") ca. 1938. Corbis photo

Don Adams (1923-2005) [Get Smart, tv] served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II in the Pacific. He was wounded during the Battle of Guadalcanal and he contracted malaria, nearly dying of blackwater fever. Upon his recovery and return to the States, he served as a drill instructor.

Don Adams (1923-2005) [Get Smart, tv] served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II in the Pacific. He was wounded during the Battle of Guadalcanal and he contracted malaria, nearly dying of blackwater fever. Upon his recovery and return to the States, he served as a drill instructor.

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