Los Angeles, California. Nine members of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans (JAKWV) were invited to a luncheon on March 29, 2019 at the residence of the Korean Consul General Wan-joon Kim and his wife Madam Hae jin Park in Los Angeles to thank the Korean War veterans for their service in the Korean War.
This luncheon stemmed from the JAKWV invitation of Consul General and Mrs. Park to lunch in January when Robert Wada, Founding President of JAKWV presented them with his two authored books, “From Internment, to Korea to Solitude" and “Americans of Japanese ancestry in the Korean war” after the luncheon.
Consul General Kim has publicized to the Korean people that Japanese Americans had served and died for the freedom of the Republic of Korea. He stated the majority of Korean people have not been aware of the extent of the involvement of the Japanese Americans in the Korean War. The Consul General’s secretary advised Wada that Mr. Kim had written an article for the local Korean language newspaper regarding the Japanese Americans role in the Korean War and mentioned Wada’s two books.
Wada’s goal has been to build a stronger bond of friendship between the Korean people and the Japanese Americans.
JAKWV members attending, as shown in the picture below (Back row, L-R) Wally Takata, Victor Muraoka, Sam Shimoguchi, Robert Wada, Richard Iseri, Min Tonai, (Front row L-R) George Iseri, Nori Uyematsu, Mrs. Hae Jin Park, Lois Muraoka, Kuniko Shimoguchi, C.G. Wan-joon Kim, Bacon Sakatani.