Bruce Yamashita

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Bruce I. Yamashita
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps Reserves
Years of service 1989-2009
Rank Captain
Other work Lawyer

Bruce I. Yamashita is a Japanese American lawyer and a former officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.[1][2][3] His successful legal case against institutional racial discrimination at the Officer Candidate School of the Marine Corps became the subject of a 2003 documentary titled A Most Unlikely Hero[4][5] as well as an autobiography titled Fighting Tradition: A Marine's Journey to Justice.[6]


  1. ^ Gregg K. Kakesako (20 April 2003). "Marines face civil rights lawsuit". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Gerard Lim (14 January 1994). "Bruce Yamashita Accepts U.S. Marine Corps Offer To Become A Captain". AsianWeek. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Gregg K. Kakesako (27 September 2009). "Marine captain honorably discharged in career that began with racial bias". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "BRUCE I. YAMASHITA". American Program Bureau. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "A Most Unlikely Hero, Film Screening and Book Signing". Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Smithsonian Institution. 17 July 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Annys Shin (24–30 October 2003). "Corps Convictions". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 

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