Minidoka: Sakura Family Portrait

Sakura family portrait at Minidoka

The Sakura family, shown here, were some of the 9,500 Japanese Americans interned at Minidoka. The four Sakura brothers, Ken, Chester, Ted and Howard, volunteered for service in the combat team of the United States Army composed of Americans of Japanese ancestry. These brothers are fulfilling a vow made to their father, who died 20 years prior, to live and die for the United States, if Japan and America should ever go to war.

Photographer: John Bigelow. Photo courtesy The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley. Caption information from JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives. Caption and image can be obtained here.