Kazuo Yamane, a Nisei Japanese American from Hawaiʻi, played a crucial strategic role in WWII. Drafted just before the war, Yamane became a part of the 100th Infantry Battalion.
The legacy of the 100th Infantry Battalion, nicknamed “One-Puka-Puka,” continues to this day. The battalion, formed during World War II, was initially made up largely of Nisei (second-generation) Japanese Americans from Hawai‘i. After WWII, the battalion was mobilized during the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars.