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.

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Military service (620)

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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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Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
doc Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
This certificate is from page of scrapbook "Scrapbook: 1946"
Army detachment (ddr-densho-91-13)
img Army detachment (ddr-densho-91-13)
Members of Art Shibayama's detachment's baseball team.
Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
img Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
(L to R): Ogle, Vince Lapietra, Art Shibayama.
Soldier outside a theater (ddr-densho-91-11)
img Soldier outside a theater (ddr-densho-91-11)
Camp Kaiserslatten in Southern Germany near Landstool Airbase.
Nisei soldier digging a trench (ddr-densho-114-47)
img Nisei soldier digging a trench (ddr-densho-114-47)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. Pvt. Fred (Angel) Ogata, Pahala, Hawaii, digs a slit trench. He is Japanese in the U.S. Army. 1943.
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.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-106)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-106)
Original caption: Pvt. Kazuo Mori, Co. C, 9th Inf., receives a check in payment of first prize money for winning a cartoon contest conducted by "The Spearhead", 2nd. Division weekly, from 1st. Lt. Daniel Webster, Company Commander, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, Jan. 3, 1942.
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 soldier (ddr-densho-114-18)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-18)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. S/Sgt. Wallace Maeda, supply sergeant of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment. Sergeant Maeda, a Japanese in the U.S. Army, served two years in the U.S. Army before Pearl Harbor. 1943.
Infantry training (ddr-densho-114-177)
img Infantry training (ddr-densho-114-177)
Original caption: Yoshio Tamura of Los Angeles, California is one of the first trainees to arrive at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Infantry Replacement Training Center. He is being welcomed by Lt. Col. J.P. Gammon, Commander of the 66th Infantry Training Battalion, 14th Regiment, as the other trainees look on. February 2, 1942.
Combat training (ddr-densho-114-73)
img Combat training (ddr-densho-114-73)
Original caption: Italy. Men of the Japanese-American Squad of soldiers doing correctly in using natural foliage, take a position behind the embankment, in mock maneuvers prepartory to real fighting against the Germans. 12 Oct 1943.
Nisei soldiers eating (ddr-densho-114-44)
img Nisei soldiers eating (ddr-densho-114-44)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. Japanese soldiers in the U.S. Army, are eating chow in the field, using a pan for a stove, L to R: Capt. Victor J. Bonin, Lowell, Mass., and Hilo, Hawaii; Pfc. Morio Kidani, Honolulu; and Pfc. Yasuo Takenouchi, Kapaa, Kauai. 1943.
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.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-64)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-64)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 16, 1942). Envelope is postmarked February 20, 1943 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 13, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-38)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 13, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-38)
Typed letter to Mollie Wilson from Mary Murakami (December 13, 1944). Envelope is postmarked December 14, 1944 from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-82)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (March 21, 1943). Envelope is postmarked March 22, 1943 from the Gila River Incarceration Camp in Rivers, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 20, 1945 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-115)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-115)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 25, 1944). Envelope is postmarked December 26, 1944 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
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