Oct. 31—Judge Vincent H. Okamoto will discuss his book, “Wolfhound Samurai: A Novel
of the Vietnam War,” on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the JCI Hall (basement level) at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI). A book signing in the Bridge Heritage Center (2nd floor) will follow.
After volunteering to serve in the U.S. Army in 1967, Okamoto went on to serve in the 25th Infantry Division as a platoon leader, a company commander, and an intelligence officer with the 5th Special Forces. He is a highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran who has received many honors and commendations including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters. Judge
Okamoto was also inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2007.
Okamoto’s “Wolfhound Samurai” recounts the experiences of Christopher Nagata, a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Readers follow Nagata as he successfully completes rigorous Army Ranger training and is then given a field assignment in Vietnam. Along with the perils of combat, Nagata must also face the challenges of being an Asian fighting against other Asians.
He even has to win the trust and respect of his own men and is able to do so through his intelligence and integrity. Nagata and his men experience the worst that human experience has to offer, and although not all of them survive in body or in mind, they emerge as true American heroes.
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