An American Story is Being Told Daily in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo District

Gregg K. Kakesako
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

As the summer sky slowly turned a shade of pale orange, the near-capacity crowd of 58,000 in Dodger Stadium saluted a 94-year-old American veteran of Japanese and Hispanic ancestries who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the highly decorated World War II unit comprised mainly of second-generation Japanese Americans.

It was July 24 and Japan Night at the “freeway series” between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels. The World War II veteran being honored that night was Fernando Joseph Sousa Masuda (pictured on the cover). His father, Yonezo Masuda, came to America from Kumamoto, Japan, and his mother, Guadalupe, had emigrated from Queretaro, Mexico.

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