This one was months in the making and involved many people along the way. Sadly I was not able to make it
to this convention myself as I was away across the country visiting family and attending the Hasbro Minneapolis Convention,
but I did contribute materials and funding for this diorama.
The idea was to tell the story of the Nisei veterans. Some enlisted before the war, some were drafted, some were
Hawaiian National Guard and some enlisted right out of the relocation camps. All wanted to fight for their country and
contributed to the war effort on all fronts.
A big part of it was the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. In the Pacific it was the MIS
doing intelligence work on Japanese forces. On the home front even the civilians got into it working to build war materials
and growing crops for the war effort.
Today even the veterans turned out to help us promote this diorama. We had contacted them for more information
to put into the diorama and they turned out in force, shared stories, signed 442nd Action figures and attended with their
We were asked by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles if we would donate this diorama for a permanent display.
They are still working on building an area to display this and hopefully one day all will be able to enjoy this and hopefully
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All pictures are courtesy of Philip Garcia