HONOLULU (KHON2) — The U.S. Postal Service and Governor David Ige unveiled a commemorative Go for Broke Soldiers stamp, the first stamp to honor an Asian American Soldier.
The unveiling of the stamp culminates the 15-year “Stamp Our Story” campaign founded by three California Nisei women who were incarcerated during World War II and were determined to have a U.S. Postal Service stamp to perpetuate the story of the Nisei, second generation Japanese American Soldiers who fought to defend the United States.
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Thursday, June 3, marked the First Day of Issue (FDOI) for the forever stamp.
The stamp was designed by Antonio Alcalá and is based on a photograph of Shiroku “Whitey” Yamamoto, who was born on the Big Island in 1923 and became a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
The photograph itself was taken in 1944 at a railroad station in France.