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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.

World War II (54)
Military service (567)

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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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Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
vh Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
The challenges faced by Nisei soldiers

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An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, ...
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, ...
Letter from Tak Hattori to Lt. Col. Lewis with copies of articles on Anti-Tank Company (ddr-csujad-1-63)
doc Letter from Tak Hattori to Lt. Col. Lewis with copies of articles on Anti-Tank Company (ddr-csujad-1-63)
Includes copies of articles and literature on the Anti-Tank Company compiled by Tak Hattori, which were sent to Lt. Col. Lewis as they relate to the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, along with a letter. In the letter, he includes his account of the 517th. Includes photocopied articles on the Anti Tank Company, 100th/442nd Regimental Combat ...
Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
doc Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
In the letter, Henry Y. Ikemoto wrote about a Chicago Tribune article, "The drop zone gives voice to oral histories of WWII" by Charles Leroux, which featured Toro Hirose, a member of the Anti-Tank Company, and offers further information on Anti-Tank Company members. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work and the weather in Italy. She also criticized the war and people's optimistic view. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_006
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Rose Nishio, Mrs. Gladys Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-97)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Rose Nishio, Mrs. Gladys Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-97)
A photograph of Mrs. Rose Nishio and Mrs. Gladys Murakami. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-33." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_023
[Mini-reunion, Peggy Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-131)
img [Mini-reunion, Peggy Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-131)
A photograph includes Peggy Pi__. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-76." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_057
[Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
img [Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
A photograph of Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-88." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_069
[Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
img [Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
Two men in military uniform poses together in a military vehicle. On front of photograph, they are named:"S__" and "Deane." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_012
[Man in military uniform sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-8)
img [Man in military uniform sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-8)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses sitting on railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_002
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work situation. She also asked Kune to disclose his location since the battle ended. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_005
[Mini-reunion, Kuni Hisatomi and Shiro Yamamoto] (ddr-csujad-1-86)
img [Mini-reunion, Kuni Hisatomi and Shiro Yamamoto] (ddr-csujad-1-86)
A photograph includes Kuni Hisatomi and Shiro Yamamoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-17." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_012
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-172)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-172)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-141." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_098
[Mini-reunion, Chappie Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-111)
img [Mini-reunion, Chappie Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-111)
A photograph of Chappie Kishaba. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-48." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_037
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-124)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-124)
A group photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-58." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_050
[Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
img [Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform and two women pose together. Women stand with bicycles. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_006
[Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
img [Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
Japanese American man poses in smile, wearing a hat and sitting on chair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_015
Chronology (ddr-csujad-1-55)
doc Chronology (ddr-csujad-1-55)
Lists the actions of Anti-Tank Company chronologically form August 15 through October 11, 1944. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_02_004
[Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama, Henry Ikemoto, Roy Nishio, Dave Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-96)
img [Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama, Henry Ikemoto, Roy Nishio, Dave Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-96)
A photograph of Ernie Maruyama, Henry Ikemoto, Roy Nishio, and Dave Kawagoye. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-30." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_022
[Mini-reunion, Tom Nakata, Hiroshi Kami, Goro and Yayo Inaba] (ddr-csujad-1-103)
img [Mini-reunion, Tom Nakata, Hiroshi Kami, Goro and Yayo Inaba] (ddr-csujad-1-103)
A photograph of Tom Nakata, Hiroshi Kami, and Goro and Yayo Inaba. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-40." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_029
[Mini-reunion, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-109)
img [Mini-reunion, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-109)
A photograph of Eddie Murakami and his wife. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-45." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_035
[Mini-reunion, Chappie Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-75)
img [Mini-reunion, Chappie Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-75)
A photograph includes Chappie Kishaba in black pants. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-10." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_001
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses in smile outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_031
[Man sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-16)
img [Man sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-16)
A Japanese American man sits on railroad tracks and poses in smile. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_010
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