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PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

Kenny Hirata, who owns Hirata's Lowell Body Shop, became a nationally recognized drag car builder.

November 07, 2011 1:50 pm
PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

Kenny Hirata, who owns Hirata's Lowell Body Shop, was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II. Hirata was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent two years fighting in the Korean War before moving to Lowell and starting his body shop.

November 07, 2011 1:50 pm
PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

Kenny Hirata, who owns a Lowell auto body shop, was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II.

November 07, 2011 1:50 pm
PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

PEARLHARBOR - Kenny Hirata

Kenny Hirata, right, stands with his wife, Chiyo, and son, David, at his auto body shop in Lowell. Hirata was put into an internment camp near Phoenix with his family after the start of World War II.

November 07, 2011 1:50 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto poses for a photo during basic training for the U.S. Army in 1943. Okamoto will be given the Congressional Gold Medal tonight along with others in his unit at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

October 28, 2011 10:25 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto poses for a photo during basic training for the U.S. Army in 1943. Okamoto received the Congressional Gold Medal in October 2011 along with others in his unit at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

October 28, 2011 10:25 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto, of Munster, sits in front of a photo of himself while he was enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. The 87-year-old, who was forced into an Arizona internment camp at the age of 18, is among Japanese-Americans being honored tonight for their service to the U.S.

October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto, of Munster, sits in front of a photo of himself while he was enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. The 87-year-old, who was forced into an Arizona internment camp at the age of 18, is among Japanese-Americans being honored tonight for their service to the U.S.

October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto, of Munster, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal tonight during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II after he and his family were among thousands of Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps.

October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto, of Munster, sits next to his daughter Erin Okamoto Protsman, who helped produce "Without Due Process," a documentary about the experiences of her father and other Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps during World War II.

October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
George Okamoto

George Okamoto

George Okamoto, of Munster, sits in front of a photo of himself in 2011 while he was enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He died April 25 at the age of 89.

October 28, 2011 12:50 pm
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