Council Member Dr. Susumu Ito served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit of Japanese American soldiers, in World War II. During his tour, he took photos of the daily lives of the soldiers and U.S. military history in the making. These photos were shown at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in an exhibit called "Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito's World War II Images".
This was the inaugural exhibition in a new series drawn from JANM's permanent collection. A celebration of the donation by Dr. Ito of his vast archive of photographs and negatives, this exhibit gave the public a rare look at the daily lives of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. To learn more, please view the exhibition's webpage or this interview of Dr. Ito recently published in the Los Angeles Times.
Click on the image above to read the LA Times' interview of Dr. Ito