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Nurse Hamaguchi: 1943

Nurse Hamaguchi: 1943

Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi at the Manzanar Relocation Center, California, in 1943. Medium format safety negative by Ansel Adams. View full size.

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Nurse Hamaguchi

She just recently passed on.

Aiko's Family

Aiko's father came to America from Japan in 1907, her mother in 1914, and Aiko was born 23 Aug 1913. She died about 1993. She had two younger brothers. One of them, Kenichi, joined the US Army and was a PFC on 12 Aug 1950 with the 5th Infantry Division when he was killed in action, near Pongam-ni, South Korea during the Korean War.

Nurse Hamaguchi

I would love to know this woman's history. Was Nurse Hamaguchi an inmate at Manzanar? What fate befell her family Did any brothers enlist? What happened to her after the war?

[Aiko Hamaguchi was born in Long Beach, grew up in Redondo Beach, had completed her pre-nursing studies at Los Angeles Community College and was doing her training at Los Angeles Harbor General when she was evacuated. She joined the medical staff at Manzanar on March 21, 1943. Later that year or in 1944 she left the camp for a job at a medical office in Detroit. - Dave]

Mona Lisa Smile

Adams captured a wonderful expression on nurse's face. Lovely.


Nurse H, Nurse Z

I think she's a lot prettier than that thing! I'm a straight female, but my first thought was "Now I know why men have nurse fetishes!"

Radio Nurse

Her face reminds me of the Zenith Radio Nurse, the first baby monitor, designed by Isamu Noguchi.

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