B. KUROKI is based on a classic Japanese style chef’s blade. The overall length of this O1 tool steel, hidden tang blade is 11″. The 6 1/8″ full blade length is hand flat ground, allowing its handler to chop, dice, and slice meats and veggies with ease. The Maple Burl handle is accented by a brass bolster.
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Sergeant Ben Kuroki
May 16, 1917 Gothenburg, Nebraska – September 1, 2015 Camarillo, California
Ben Kuroki was the only Japanese American known to have participated in air combat missions in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the war. Kuroki was awarded one Distinguished Flying Cross for his 25 missions in Europe and another for participation in the Ploiești raid. After another 28 missions in the Pacific Theater, Kuroki was awarded a third Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters. By the end of the war, Ben Kuroki had completed 58 combat missions and was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant.
From Wikipedia: Ben Kuroki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Kuroki
The Public Broadcasting Service saluted him in a 2007 documentary, its title reprising the nickname bestowed on him by a fellow bomber crewman: “Most Honorable Son.” A campaign on Mr. Kuroki’s behalf by veterans he served with brought him the Distinguished Service Medal in 2005. “I had to fight like hell for the right to fight for my own country,” Mr. Kuroki said at the award ceremony in Lincoln, Neb. “And I now feel vindication.” Mr. Kuroki, who was born and raised in Nebraska, a son of Japanese immigrants, flew 58 bombing missions.
In February 1944, when Sergeant Kuroki was on leave at a reassignment center in Santa Monica, Calif., he spoke to the prestigious Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, whose members included leading businessmen, educators and journalists. “When you live with men under combat conditions for 15 months, you begin to understand what brotherhood is all about, what equality and tolerance really mean,” he said. He received a prolonged ovation.
From New York Times: Ben Kuroki Dies at 98; Japanese-American Overcame Bias to Fight for U.S: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/us/ben-kuroki-dies-at-98-fought-bias-to-fight-for-us.html
*note: Discrepancies (particularly in dates and names) are left as printed from their original sources. Due to the lack of status among non-whites historically, records were not accurately kept.