Emerick K. Ishikawa has been a weightlifter his entire adult life. He reached his prime early in his career by setting a world record in the Bantamweight Class in 1944 at the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee before a stunned crowd. He went on to become a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in London. While he did not earn a medal, he lured many of Hawaiis future record breakers to train and live in Hawaii. He was inducted into the National Weightlifting Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 1975. He still trains and inspires youngsters in weightlifting at the Nuuanu YMCA.
The Battle of Normandy and Iwo Jima were fought during World War II in 1944.