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Vancouver resident, WWII veteran Yoshiro Tokiwa still carrying the banner

Japanese American in World War II in Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, represents generation

By Tom Vogt for The Columbian
Published: August 21, 2022, 6:03am
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Yoshiro "Yosh" Tokiwa of Vancouver, left, watches as Oregon Gov.
Yoshiro "Yosh" Tokiwa of Vancouver, left, watches as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs an authorization declaring state Highway 35, between Hood River and Government Camp, the Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway. Photo Gallery

In another era, he might have been described as an all-American boy. He was a hardworking farm kid who crank-started the tractor by himself when he was 14. He saved his dollar-a-week allowance to buy a chemistry set. At the library, he checked out science books.

In that era, however, Yoshiro “Yosh” Tokiwa was not going to be an all-American boy.

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