A Most Unlikely Hero is a film about Bruce Yamashita’s 1994 race discrimination case against the U.S. Marine Corps.
Saturday, July 17, 2004, 2:00 p.m.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry from Hawai‘i , Yamashita was a graduate of Georgetown University Law School who sought to qualify as an officer in the Marine Corps. Throughout his nine weeks of Officer Candidate School training, he was the target of verbal and physical harassment. Two days before graduation, he and four other minority candidates were “disenrolled.”
Yamashita filed a case and proved that racial discrimination was a factor. He was later vindicated and earned the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1994.
For more information, visit www.unlikelyhero.org.