A World War II veteran, whose photo of casting an absentee ballot from his hospice bed touched the nation, died Wednesday, his family told the Los Angeles Times.
Frank Tanabe, 93, a Japanese American who was interned at the beginning of the war, only to volunteer and work in military intelligence, died with his family by his side in Honolulu about 6:45 a.m.
Tanabe had voted in every election since he became a citizen in 1943, relatives said. This year was no different, with his family reading him the names on his ballot last week as he nodded yes or no for his votes, which his family has kept private.
He read the newspaper every day, worked as a journalist in Tokyo and raised two daughters with his wife, Setsuko. Last year, Tanabe received a Congressional Gold Medal as part of the Military Intelligence Service, which was collectively recognized.