North Ogden WWII vet goes from unwanted un-American to U.S. hero

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Re: "How many of the Tea Partiers in Congress volunteered (not were drafted) into military service?"

    How many Democrats? How many socialists? How many hippie activist educators? How many sitting Presidents?

    This is not a particularly useful game for liberals to play.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    July 6, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    California Reader, please read up on Nixon's Southern Strategy. And tell me, with a straight face, how the current crop of Republican governors, senators, and representatives of the deep south are actively promoting equal opportunity among all their citizens. Tell me about the work they have done to ensure that all their poor citizens of any color have access to top quality schools and health care.

    History 102, updated: in the mid 2010s the state of Utah spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny the right to marry to 2-5 % of Utahns because of their religious beliefs. Their appeals for relief under the Fourteenth Amendment were ignored because of political expediency.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    July 5, 2014 10:32 p.m.

    Immigration Law 101: the majority of those waiting to immigrate to the US fall into preference categories that are subject to numerical limitations set by statute and calculated annually by the State Department. The limitations are in place to prevent the US from being inundated by legal as well as illegal immigration. The US is under no obligation to provide refuge to the whole world. Most people want to come here because their governments are corrupt and no amount of assistance has done anything to change that (read foreign aid).

    History 101: those dixiecrats were descendants of slaveholders who still believed that anyone who skin was darker than theirs was inherently inferior. To imply that they somehow became Republicans while retaining their prejudices defies all logic and reality.

    History 102: in the mid 1840s Latter-day Saints, some of whom were my relatives, were forced to leave Nauvoo, Illinois because of their religious beliefs. Their appeals for relief under the First Amendment were ignored because of political expediency.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    July 5, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    CA Reader, those Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act were Dixiecrats from the deep South--they're all Republicans now, but they're just as anti-civil rights for blacks as they were fifty years ago.

    Since you brought it up...why does the US have such a "backlog" of people waiting to immigrate? Who has been holding up immigration reform? (Hint: it isn't Obama).

    I have no idea who "ejected" your family from the US "because of religious prejudice". Could you enlighten us?

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    July 5, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    I for one, have never done anything to hold anyone of any ethnic group from accomplishing anything that he or she wanted. I therefore suffer from no remorse over what happened to people in previous generations. I was raised without prejudice. The United States of America remains the best option on earth for those seeking true freedom. No other country has a backlog of people waiting to immigrate like the US does. My family was ejected from the US because of religious prejudice in spite of the fact that the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion.

    I would like to point out that the imprisoning of Japanese-Americans was carried out under a Democrat president. And in its 50th anniversary I would like to point out that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed over the objection of most Democrat senators serving at that time by Republicans. That was accomplished because Lyndon Johnson knew how to work with folks from across the aisle, which our current president does not.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 5, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    One of the costs of xenophobia is that it leaves some of our potentially best soldiers sitting on the sidelines. Blacks had similar barriers to serving in combat, so it took far too long for the 332nd Fighter Group (the Redtails) to be sent into combat missions. Once in Europe, they quickly became the escort squadron of choice for bomber pilots because they lost fewer planes than any other Group. Bomber crews knew that if they were escorted over Germany by the Redtails, their chances of making it home alive were far better than if they were escorted by the "white" squadrons.

    Unfortunately, the same sort of prejudices affect our military today, with similar fears of either the inability to perform in combat or disloyalty directed at women and at soldiers of Mideastern origin.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    July 5, 2014 9:11 a.m.


    How dare you even infer that Mr. Kunimura's story has anything to do with the abomination that is happening with our illegal alien problem in this country? Being Asian and Third Generation myself, I know that Asians complied fully with the law and did what they needed to do to become citizens of the USA legally. As both sets of my grandparents did. And your comment about Tea Partiers not having ever served this country in similar ways is a breathtaking display of ignorance of who Tea Partiers are.

    Mr. Kunimura is correct in his assessment--rounding up Japanese-Americans and putting them in prison camps (they were not the more palatable "internment" camps) was racially motivated. When you study what happened, you know it was prejudice and a means of confiscating property (choice farms, farmland, businesses, etc.) and had nothing to do with security and safety during the war. FDR knew this. Congress knew this. But like the politicians of today, disregarded and failed to uphold the truth.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    July 5, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    There are still a few of the Great heroes of WWII in our midst. A 4th of July Breakfast by the Crossman Peak, and Acoma Wards honored all of our servicemen. There were three WWII veterans in attendance. It brought tears to my eyes to see these great men still with us. We then honored all men who had served since Pearl Harbor, that were in attendance, and the majority of them had been in the the Army, rather than the other branches of the Services. One of our Sister Missionaries sang the National Anthem, a beautiful voice, you did not expect from this 19 year old young woman. God Bless America

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    July 5, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    To "The Judge":

    How many of the Tea Partiers in Congress volunteered (not were drafted) into military service? How many of them have adult children who volunteered for the military?

  • KTC John Wetumpka, AL
    July 5, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    To johhen
    The article contains an important story that needs to be told. I do not know why you took the occasion, disconnectedly, to attack members of the "tea party." First, there are not many people, tea party or not, who can match the unselfish contributions of the story's subject---perhaps the members of the Mormon Battalion. But it is very obvious to me that you, johhen, have been duped by the liberal media with regard to the core makeup and aims of the tea party. I am not a member of a tea party, but I have attended occasional meetings which were filled with war veterans, salt of the earth patriotic American citizens who love our country, its constitution, and the personal freedoms it guarantees. There is absolutely no support for your assertion that the tea party is devoid of war veterans. That is certainly not the tea party that I know.

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    July 5, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    We need more stories of men and women like this. A true American hero.

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    July 4, 2014 11:15 p.m.

    Millions. That's why they're saddened and angry about what's happening to the constitution. They know what it means, and they know it's worth fighting for.

  • johhen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    A true American hero and one more example of why the United States is all the better for being a nation of generations of immigrants from all over the world. How many of the "tea partiers" have ever shown this kind of bravery or served our country in any way?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 4, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    Mr. Kunimura is a living example that explains why his generation is regarded as one of, if not the greatest generation of Americans. It is humbling and scary to think of how many of them are passing away. They have the kind of honest, straight-forward patriotism that we need more of but see less and less.