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

Army medic Jim Okubo, in uniform. Okubo was originally awarded a Silver Star but that was upgraded in 2000 to a Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. (Courtesy Anne Okubo)
Army medic Jim Okubo, in uniform. Okubo was originally awarded a Silver Star but that was upgraded in 2000 to a Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. (Courtesy Anne Okubo)

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.