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Susumu "Sus" Ito was born in Stockton, CA on July 27, 1919. His father was a tenant farmer and his mother was a housewife.
He served as an instrument sergeant and forward observer for the 522nd C Battery from 1943 to 1946. Although he was drafted into the Army in 1940, he was reassigned to the 522nd after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.
After the war, Ito attended school on his G.I. Bill. He received his PhD in Biology from Cornell University in New York and received tenure at Harvard Medical School. He is married and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.