Hawai‘i’s AJA Community Comes Together to Salute and Thank Retiring Admiral Harry Harris
Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr.
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He was touted as “a hero for our time,” and although the Hawai‘i Nisei veterans and the various Japanese American community organizations that came together to honor Adm. Harry Harris on April 21 are happy for him as he begins the next chapter of his life — as a diplomat — there is no question that he and his wife, Bruni Bradley, will be missed.
Harris, who arrived in Hawai‘i in the fall of 2013 to lead the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and Bradley, herself a Navy veteran, were the guests of honor at a luncheon banquet attended by approximately 200 people at the Hale Koa Hotel. The son of a Caucasian Navyman and a Japanese woman who met and married in post-World War II Japan, where the future four-star admiral was born, Harris quickly embraced Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community, particularly its World War II Nisei veterans.