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Uncle Ralph and Sumile in Camp Jerome

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Uncle Ralph and Sumile in Camp Jerome
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H: 25 in, W: 20.5 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and unframed.

A young soldier, Sugimoto's younger brother Ralph, stands on the right, next to a little girl, Sugimoto's daughter Madeleine Sumile. Sumile wears a red jacket over blue and white dress and a red, white and blue bow in hair. Both have eyes downcast. Behind then are leafless trees and in the distance barracks are visible.

Signed in medium, bottom right corner: H. Sugimoto Written on back: "Uncle Ralph and Sumile" / in Camp Jerome / 23 1/2" x 19 1/2"

"My younger brother Ralph went into the U.S. Army. He fought on the European battlefield as one of the 442nd battalion. He was injured and received a Purple Heart...These nisei soldiers in the 442nd fought for their native land and also for the future welfare of all Japanese in this country." (Henry Sugimoto, draft of redress testimony given in 1981)

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