Kado, James Yoshio


James Yoshio Kado was born on March 6, 1911. Before the evacuation, he lived in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Chiyoko, and their two children–Clarence Isao, born in 1938, and Gerald Akira, born in 1940. The family was sent to Pomona Assembly Center and arrived at Heart Mountain on August 22, 1942. They lived in apartment 8-3-D. Kado was arrested on April 7, 1944 for violating the Selective Service Act. He was among the 63 draft resisters tried and convicted in June 1944. Kado was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Meanwhile, his wife and children remained at Heart Mountain until October 24, 1945, while Kado was incarcerated. Kado was released in July 1946 and pardoned by President Harry Truman on December 24, 1947. The Kado family returned to Los Angeles after the war. James Yoshio Kado died in Gardena, California, on July 18, 2002.