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Articles by Philip Prins

He sits at the dining room table in his modest one bedroom apartment in Gardena, where he lives alone, reminiscing about his past as he waits for a knock on the front door.

Guy Sibley, 89, leans back in his chair as he casually mentions the time during his service as a Navy Seabee in WW II when he narrowly escaped being killed by a Japanese airstrike at Henderson Airfield, located on the South-Pacific island of Guadalcanal.

During this holiday season, when some people are just beginning to concentrate on helping the needy members of the community, it's just business as usual for St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gardena, a church official said.

Rev. George Villa, the church pastor, said that St. John is home to a program that feeds the homeless and working poor of Gardena 5 to 6 days a week, 365 days a year, and has been doing so for the last 19 years.

Faces of Japanese American WW II Veterans, some looking stoic and others emotional, line the interior walls of Toyo Photography in Gardena, where they will soon be on display as part of the Go for Broke World War II Veterans photography exhibit.