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 (530)

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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 22 (June 7, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 78, No. 22 (June 7, 1974) (ddr-pc-46-22)
Selected article titles: "Tule Lake Pilgrimage: 'More Should've Come'" (pp. 1-2), "Benefactors of Nikkei Remembered" (pp. 1-2), "Record Is Clear, Nisei GIs Turned Attitude Around" (p. 2), and "Cleveland JACL: Plight of the Average J.A." (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 9 (March 4, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 9 (March 4, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-9)
Selected article titles: "Asian Pacific Women's Network: Four Honored with 'Women Warrior' Awards" (pp. 1, 3), "Movie Review; 'Color of Honor' Looks at the Overlooked" (pp. 2-3), "Japanese Farmers' Winter of Discontent" (p. 3), and "John Aiso: 1909-1987: Army Intelligence Relied on Nisei" (pp. 4, 10).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 11 (June 7-20, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 122, No. 11 (June 7-20, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-11)
Selected article titles: "Board-Approved Budget Places Priority on District Allocations" (p. 1), "From JACL: PSW Condemns California Civil Rights Initiative as 'Deceptive'" (p. 3), "ORA Reports on Redress Payments, Eligibility Requirements" (p. 4), and "East Wind: Nisei Military Service: WWII" (pp. 8, 11).
Homecoming dinner for returning Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-162-14)
img Homecoming dinner for returning Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-162-14)
In attendance Governor Maw and LDS church president George Albert Smith. At microphone is Ben Kuroki.
Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
img Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
(L to R): Ogle, Vince Lapietra, Art Shibayama.
Japanese forces signing the surrender treaty (ddr-densho-299-97)
img Japanese forces signing the surrender treaty (ddr-densho-299-97)
Caption: "General Douglas MacArthur puts his signature on the document."
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
Selected article titles: "4 C's May Ask for Change in Draft Classification" (p. 1), "New Service for Those Planning to Go Outside" (p. 2), "100th Infantry Returns from European Front" (p. 3), and "Japanese Movies: Two 35mm Films Scheduled June 18-22 at Auditorium" (p. 4). Page 5 is mislabeled as page 6.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 7 (April 20, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-12)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 7 (April 20, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-12)
Selected article titles: "82 in Center Receive Notices to Report for Physical Exams: Base Hospital to Be Utilized" (p. 1), "More Arrivals Expected as Segregation Plan Resumed" (p. 1), and "Red Cross Gifts Distributed to CA and Japanese Library" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 42 (October 19, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-91)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 42 (October 19, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-91)
Selected article titles: "Ricketts: Urges Less Use of Electricity" (p. 1), "Granada Relocation Center Closes Oct. 15" (p. 1), "OPA Changes Controls on Rental Properties" (p. 2), and "Gen. Stilwell Backs up Japanese American GI's" (p. 5).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 21 (May 25, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-70)
Selected article titles: "May 12 Figures: 661 Casualties among Nisei from Centers" (p. 1), "Third Anniversary of Tule Lake This Sunday" (p. 2), "Closing Dates for Center Schools Set Says Myer" (p. 3), and "Former Tulean Commits Suicide" (p. 3).
Japanese surrender delegation (ddr-densho-299-95)
img Japanese surrender delegation (ddr-densho-299-95)
Caption: "Japanese delegation boards the USS Missouri to sign the surrender documents."
Headquarters, Office of the Transport Commander S.S. James S. Kinkaid (ddr-densho-280-123)
doc Headquarters, Office of the Transport Commander S.S. James S. Kinkaid (ddr-densho-280-123)
This document is a debarkation order for a ship and its crew made by Captain Paul S. Tinsley.
An Address by Sergeant Ben Kuroki, U.S. Army Air Force (ddr-densho-280-10)
doc An Address by Sergeant Ben Kuroki, U.S. Army Air Force (ddr-densho-280-10)
This transcription of Sergeant Kuroki's speech details his experience as a Japanese-American in the Air Force and articulates his desire for an end to prejudice within the military.
Petition for citizenship rights for Japanese American draftees (ddr-densho-280-12)
doc Petition for citizenship rights for Japanese American draftees (ddr-densho-280-12)
List of demands by Japanese Americans upon being drafted for World War II on front, play notes on back.
The Kinkaid News Vol. II No. 1 (ddr-densho-280-122)
doc The Kinkaid News Vol. II No. 1 (ddr-densho-280-122)
Selected article titles: "Demobilization Wails" (p. 1), "Indonese Continue Resisitance" (p. 1), "Labor Disputes" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2).
Japanese surrender ceremony (ddr-densho-127-2)
img Japanese surrender ceremony (ddr-densho-127-2)
Two American soldiers stand at the Supreme Headquarters of the Chinese Army, location of the surrender ceremony. (L to R): Lt. Col. John Burden, Chief of Sino Translation and Interrogation Center, Grant Hirabayashi.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-325-91)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-325-91)
The front of the photograph is signed "To Hisa Sumito Horiuchi". "Taken in January" is written on the back.
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