George Sakata of the 100th Brigade candidly poses in this photograph showing his impeccable physique. He is sporting dark-colored high-waisted swim trunks with patches on the right and left side of the waistband. Both his right and left hands rest on his hips; together with pursed lips, he gives off a rather impatient look. Perhaps George is waiting for someone to join him, or for a chance to take a dip in the water on this hot summer day. Behind him are several beach chairs with two white beach umbrellas, providing ample shade.
George's self-portrait shows that even during the war, soldiers still had fun under the sun. Although conflict occurred in different parts of the world, the peaceful stance of this officer is a clear indication of the aftermath of the war—when the battles were over, everyone around the world rebuilt their own countries and started to enjoy the freedom that they fought for.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured on our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.