Veterans Day 2019
The Quick Overview:
Bob Izumi, who spent time in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, joined the Army in WWII as a member of the Japanese-American Nisei Battalion and saw action in Italy before he volunteered for Paratrooper duty. He was trucked in to Bastogne, Belgium with the 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne Division (the only Nisei (Japanese-American) in the 101st Division and went on to make the Army a career, serving in Korea, Vietnam and Panama.
– Born: 18 Sep 1925 Belvedere, California
– Enlistment date: June 1943
– Deployments: Europe, September 5, 1943
– Units: Company G, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
– Rank: Master Sergeant
– Qualifications: Combat Infantryman
– Decorations: World War II Victory Ribbon, EAME Theater Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Belgian Fourragere.
– Discharge Date: 15 June 1946