The Tomio Gohata Collection consists of five photo albums and some textual material that describe Gohata’s military service
as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, specifically in the I Company.
Tomio “Tom” Gohata was born on November 4, 1911 in Los Angeles, California. As a Japanese American living on the Western Coast
of the United States, Gohata and his family were forcibly removed from their home as a consequence of Executive Order 9066
and sent to Manzanar Concentration Camp. Gohata eventually went on to serve in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in I
Company as a rifleman during World War II. He was discharged from the military in July 1946. After his discharge, Gohata settled
in Gardena and opened up a nursery. Gohata also became very involved in his local American Legion Post 187, serving as a commander
at one point in addition to being its chaplain. Tomio Gohata later passed away in June of 1981 at the age of 67.