The Hon. Vincent H. Okamoto is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2002 by former governor Gray Davis. Okamoto filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Richard Kalustian.
Judge Okamoto was born in an Arizona WWII Japanese internment camp. After being released from the prison camp at the end of the war, his family eventually moved to California when Okamoto was a young boy.
Okamoto attended the University of Southern California, where he graduated with his B.A. in international relations in 1967.
In 1968 Okamoto volunteered for the Vietnam War. He served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant and was highly decorated for his service. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver and Bronze Star, as well as three Purple Hearts.
After being discharged from the Army in 1970, Okamoto would go on to earn his J.D. from the University of California Law School in 1973.
After graduating from law school Okamoto joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. He served as a prosecutor for the D.A.'s office for four years.
In 1978 Judge Okamoto entered into private practice, becoming a partner for the law firm of Okamoto, Wasserman, and Torii. After eight years with the firm, Okamoto founded the Pacific Heritage Bank in 1981 where he served as the financial institution's president and CEO.
Judge Okamoto also served as a Garden City councilman and mayor pro tem.
Drawing from his valiant military experience, Judge Okamoto has authored two books about the Vietnam War.
He was also one of the founding members of the Japanese American Bar Association.
In 2016 he was honored as the Hero of America by Washington D.C.'s American Veteran's Center, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
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