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When the Akimotos Went to War: An Untold Story of Family, Patriotism and Sacrifice During World War

by Matthew Elms

“When the Akimotos Went to War: An Untold Story of Family, Patriotism and Sacrifice during World War II,” captures the story of three Japanese-American brothers—Victor, Johnny, and Ted Akimoto—who volunteered for military service while their family members were forced into an internment camp. Despite the nation-wide fear of the Nisei—the first generation of Japanese children born in the United States who were American citizens—the Akimoto brothers pledged their loyalty and bravery to the U.S. military, wanting to prove that being an American ran deeper than race.

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