U.S. Medal of Honor winner Yutaka Yoshida has died, a Japanese-American born in Hawai’i serving as a police officer at the time of Pearl Harbor. The islands were immediately placed under martial law and he was ordered to round up Japanese-American leaders, which he did with great reluctance. He volunteered to join the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a Japanese-American unit that served with great distinction in Italy and France; he was awarded Bronze and Silver Stars for separate acts of bravery there, including saving the life of his captain. More than 50 years later, he was one of 22 Asian-Americans who should have got the nation’s highest military honor but were passed over because of racial prejudice. After the war he became a surgeon and lived to 104. (via The New York Times)

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