Endorsement of Mr. Ben Kuroki, Ploesti Raid Survivor Apr 21. 2011 | Comments (2)
Mr. Kuroki certainly has a distinct claim to fame in WWII history, having overcome racism in WWII and still serving proudly as a Japanese-American, not only in the European Theater of Operations where he was part of the 177 bombers (with 1,751 crewmen) that raided the Ploiesti Oil Refineries in 1943, of which 1/3 (53) of the aircraft as well as over 600 air crew members were lost.
The Ploiesti Raid stands today as the largest and most costly air attack in the history of aviation.
Mr. Kuroki later successfully convinced the Secretary of War to allow him to fly in aerial combat in the Pacific Theater.
The request was granted and Kuroki became the only Japanese-American airman to fly in both Theaters of WWII.
During that period he was featured in "Time" magzine, but still returned home in between theater combat to be mocked and jeered at by other U.S. servicemen because of his heritage. Post war he became a newpaper editor in California.
Mr. Kuroki has also been the subject of a PBS documentary on his service in WWII.
He is also a recipient of the little known American Veterans Center 2010 Audie Murphy Award.
Here is an article on Mr. Kuroki and his award:
Here is his bio:
An interesting article on Mr. Kuroki:
Here is an article on the Ploesti Raid:
We are pleases to have the endorsement of Mr. Kuroki as signature #7872.