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Maui family pleads for return of apparently stolen photo of 442nd RCT vets

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The Maui family of a late Japanese-American veteran of World War II is pleading for the return of a photograph of him and his 442nd Regimental Combat Team war buddies.

The framed photo hung above Russell Shigeru Takashima’s Kahului home for at least half a century.

His daughter Faith Minyard told the Maui News the family discovered it was missing after an estate sale at his home over the weekend. The photo was not for sale and appears to have been stolen during the frenzied event.

The photo is signed by some of the men from the highly decorated combat team of second-generation Japanese-Americans. Veterans of the unit received the Congressional Gold Medal last year.

Takashima died Aug. 17. He was 90 years old.

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