US Army Office of the Provost Marshal General
Theodore S. Kanamine

Theodore S. Kanamine — the U.S. Army’s first Japanese-American general and a childhood prisoner of the Jerome interment camp — died of lung cancer on Thursday, March 2, at the age of 93.

In 1942, when he was only 12 years old, Kanamine and his family were forcefully moved from California to the Jerome War Relocation Center in southeast Arkansas. After being released in 1944, Kanamine went on to have a 27-year military career. Kanamine became the first Japanese-American active duty general in 1976.


Learn more about his life from the Washington Post.