A new book, “Masao: A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II,” was released in September. The biographical account of Masao Abe, a Seattle resident for more than 50 years, was narrated by the former soldier himself about his secret role in World War II. Masao was deployed to the South Pacific, where he fought on the ground, on the front line, in three battles earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Masao’s memories illuminates a piece of American history that has been hidden for over 70 years.
Author Sandra Vea will talk about her book, along with Masao’s youngest son, Allen Abe of Seattle, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) on Nov. 19.