Grandpa passed away 15 years ago today. Ted Tadashi Tanimura was born in Puget Sound in 1913. He moved to Los Angeles for work when the Depression started and then was interned in 1942 at the Camp on Gila River Reservation in Arizona. Too old and blind in one eye, he was rejected by the military. In camp, he met and fell in love with my grandmother, Sumie Yamamoto. In 1943, he became one of the first Nissei to resettle in Chicago after being sponsored by the minister at the Wicker Park Lutheran Church where he and my grandmother were soon after married. This photo was taken around that time. We still live in the house that my grandparents bought in 1953, a place that allowed the rest of my family to flee the camps before the war was over.
He taught me that dignity is something that no one has the power to take away. ~shared by @musashimixinq
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