Jim Okubo in uniform. Okubo began World War II in the Tule Lake internment camp but eventually joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served heroically. (Courtesy Anne Okubo)
Jim Okubo in uniform. Okubo began World War II in the Tule Lake internment camp but eventually joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served heroically. (Courtesy Anne Okubo)
Pacific NW magazine

Western student Jim Okubo went from an ‘enemy alien’ to an American hero

Five Bellingham ‘brothers’ were sent to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. All five joined the Army, but not all came home. Jim Okubo returned a hero. Decades after his death, he was awarded a Medal of Honor.

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