Military service

The story of Japanese Americans in the military during World War II is complex and in many ways ironic. It is a story of mistrust by the very country for which these soldiers placed themselves in harms' way. Many were drafted directly out of the camps and fought for democracy abroad while their parents and families were incarcerated by their own government.

Military service (300)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
298th/299th Infantry, Charles H. Bonesteel, Buddhahead, Fighting for Tomorrow: Japanese Americans in America's Wars (exhibition), Frank "Foo" Fujita, GI Bill, Hawaii Territorial Guard, Hood River incident, Japanese American World War II military service memorials, Japanese Americans in military during World War II, Samuel Wilder King, Kotonk, Ben Kuroki, Spark Matsunaga, None, Rescue of the Lost Battalion, Revolution of 1954, Shigeo Yoshida

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Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-4)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-4)
General David A. Bramlett, a keynote speaker at the reunion of Nisei veterans.
Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-2)
img Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-2)
This service took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Woman and soldier (ddr-densho-258-34)
img Woman and soldier (ddr-densho-258-34)
A woman standing next to a man in a military uniform outside. Caption below: "1943."
Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
img Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
A man in a military uniform standing with his arm around a woman. Caption below: "Shizue and Yukio."
Senator Daniel Inouye, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-3)
img Senator Daniel Inouye, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-3)
Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii speaks at the unveiling of the Brothers in Valor memorial monument, which honors Nisei soldiers.
Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-67)
img Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-67)
Caption in album: "215th QM Depot / Nuremberg / Separated to the new job in the army as changes took place to an army of occupation rather than a fighting army. Our new job was to be with the Quartermaster rear eschalon at Nuremberg."
Japanese American military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-669)
img Japanese American military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-669)
Original WRA caption: The three Onodera brothers volunteer for the Army while the entire family looks on. Front row: Mr. And Mrs. Toyosuke Onodera, Satoru, Sergeant Carl E. Teurk, Back Row: Fumi, Yutaka, Kaun, Ko, Lieut. Stanley D. Arnold, Sergeant Eugene F. Jenrick and Sergeant Akira Kato.
Military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-663)
img Military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-663)
Original WRA caption: Volunteers for induction into the U.S. Army to serve in a special combat team of Japanese-Americans. At foot of flag pole stand H.L. Stafford, project director and right, Philip Schafer, assistant project director.
Citation for the army commendation medal (ddr-densho-271-1)
doc Citation for the army commendation medal (ddr-densho-271-1)
Notification of a U.S. army commendation for Kiwamu Tshuchida's distinguished service in Japan from April, 1960 to June, 1964.
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 5 (ddr-densho-280-114)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 5 (ddr-densho-280-114)
Selected article titles: "China Remains Tense" (p. 1), "GI Bill of Rights Revised" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3), "Special Service" (p. 4), "Song of the Kinkaid" (p. 4).
VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 9 (ddr-densho-280-121)
doc VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 9 (ddr-densho-280-121)
Final Edition. Selected article titles: "World News" (p. 1), "Editorial: 'By the Dawn's Early Light' (p. 1), "Daily Log" (p. 1), "The 'Voice' of Special Service" (p. 2), "The Crows Nest" (p. 2).
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 7 (ddr-densho-280-118)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 7 (ddr-densho-280-118)
Selected article titles: "Colonial Unrest" (p. 1), "Casulaty Off Okinawa" (p. 1), "Sino-American Plans" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3).
A Japanese officer after surrender (ddr-densho-299-4)
img A Japanese officer after surrender (ddr-densho-299-4)
Caption on reverse: "Officer in / charge of one / detachment of / returning soldiers."
Nisei soldiers moving towards battle (ddr-densho-114-81)
img Nisei soldiers moving towards battle (ddr-densho-114-81)
Original caption: Orciano Area, Italy. 2nd Lt. Masanao Otake of Lahaina, Maui (Hawaii), who was commissioned in Battle, leads his platoon from the town of Orciano into an attack pressing toward Leghorn. U.S. Fifth Army. 15 July 1944.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-114-112)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-114-112)
Original caption: Tommy Teraji of Los Angeles, Co. A of the 62nd Inf. Trng. Bn. is being thrown by Akira F. Shibukawa, Seattle, Washington, Co. A of the 62nd Inf. Trng. Bn., who is very well-trained in jujitsu. Camp Robsinson, Arkansas, February 19, 1942.
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