Ted Tsukiyama was born December 13, 1920 and grew up in Kaimuki, Oahu, the second youngest in a family of five siblings. A
graduate of Roosevelt High School, Tsukiyama went on to enroll at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1939. His college education
interrupted by the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entry into World War II, Tsukiyama became a founding member
of the first volunteer all-Nisei unit of WWII, the Varsity Victory Volunteers, and went on to join what would become the famed
442nd Regimental Combat Team. Tsukiyama was discharged in 1946 and, thanks to the GI Bill, continued his education, ultimately
graduating from Yale Law School. He lives in Hawaii currently.