Ralph Shigeto Iwamoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1927. He was a member of the 441st Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment
station in Allied Occupied Japan from 1945-1942. He was stationed in the Second Region, Area 26, in the Saitama Prefecture.
During his service in Saitama, he was involved with information-gathering and community relation activities. After military
service he settled in New York City where he became widely known for his work as an abstract expressionist artist. Iwamoto
passed away in 2013.