Ray in 1944
|Portrayed by||Ian Anthony Dale|
Raymond "Ray" Takahashi was the father of Billy Takahashi and Barbara Takahashi. He was born in America, albeit with Japanese ancestry that put him and his family in Internment Camps in the early 1940s. While in the camps, Ray tried to have a positive outlook, with his wife being pregnant and his son enlisting in the war. Around that time, he locked lips with schoolteacher Mary Anne Clayton in a quick moment of infidelity. Soon after the Takahashi's extended stay in the internment camps (and the birth of Barbara), Mary Anne helped the family start over in Philadelphia. Before then, he and Evelyn had gotten the news that Billy died, and it dampened Ray's view of life. But still, he kept his head up and fought for Billy to get a medal on the day of the Army Navy game.
This would prove fatal, as he then saw as one of Billy's former friend and commanding officer, Skip, was changed by the war. Angered that Ray would dare ask a medal for his Japanese-descended son, Skip denied his request, saying that the medals were for American soldiers. Ray retorted that Billy was more of an American soldier that Skip would ever be. Angered, Skip socked Ray in the face and stomach, causing him to tumble down the stairs to his death.
At the episode's final moments, he and his son appear to Lily, watching over his wife and daughter.