WWII Hero to be Honored at April 22 Film Screening


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By Staff Reports

(Phelan)– Baseball, history and a living hero from World War II will all come together April 22 for one special night.

The critically acclaimed film “American Pastime” tells the story of Japanese-Americans interned in a relocation camp during World War II.  A special viewing of the film will be held Friday, April 22 at the Serrano Performing Arts Center in Phelan (High School 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan, CA 92371.). The special screening will also honor Bob Izumi, who was in an internment camp before volunteering for the 101st Airborne Division and fighting in Europe, including at the Battle of Bastogne in World War II. Mr. Izumi later saw combat in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. The producer of American Pastime, writer, author, and historian Kerry Yo Nakagawa will also attending the screening.

“The highlight of the night is our guest of honor Robert “Bob” Izumi who along with his Japanese-American family, was interred at Manzanar Relocation Camp,” said organizer Todd Anton, a teacher, historian and author. “In spite of that, Mr. Izumi enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in the famed 101st Airborne’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment made famous in HBOs Band of Brothers series in WWII. Mr. Izumi continued to serve fighting again in Korea, Vietnam, and in Panama. He is an American hero.”

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To view a trailer of “American Pastime,” click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5rkcIl0LEA

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at Desert Community Bank in Phelan, 4895 Phelan Road, Phelan while supplies last. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) at Serrano High School’s Performing Arts Center, 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan.

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