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 (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

567 items
Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-58)
img Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-58)
"Men and women waving goodbye to military men loading up on buses"
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 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.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 15 (October 7, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 63, No. 15 (October 7, 1966) (ddr-pc-38-40)
Select article titles: "Nisei G-2 exploits in WW2 still classified: Mashbir" (p. 1); "De facto segregation in L.A. schools charged by United Civil Righters" (p. 1); "White and Negro vs. Orientals" (p.1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 21 (May 21, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 21 (May 21, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-21)
Selected article titles: "JACLers across Nation to Honor Nisei War Dead" (p.1), "JACL Favors Administration's Changes to Immigration Law" (p.1-2), "Seattle Councilman Wing Luke Missing on Plane Flight" (p.1), "FDR Jr. to Chair New Post in EEOC to Rid Job Bias" (p.1-2), "Immigration Bill Activity" (p.2), "Civil Rights Compared to Cancer" (p.2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 19 (May 7, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 19 (May 7, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-19)
Selected article titles: "PNWDC Ratifies Push to Repeal Alien Land Law" (p.1), "Sacrifice of Nisei during War Gained Quick Acceptance: Masaoka" (p.1, 4), "Thoughts from the Southland" (p.2), "Court Rejects Hawaii Reapportionment Plan" (p.3).
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, Jack Kaguni] (ddr-csujad-1-95)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, Jack Kaguni] (ddr-csujad-1-95)
A photograph of Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, and Jack Kaguni. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-32." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_021
[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
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 ...
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
On silent wings (ddr-csujad-1-56)
doc On silent wings (ddr-csujad-1-56)
A booklet about the U.S. Army glider service during WWII. The caption title: Crossing the lines on silent wings. "Not for sale." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_03_001
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-158)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-158)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-99." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_084
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-156)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-156)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-98." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_082
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-167)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-167)
A photograph includes four attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-139." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_093
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-177)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-177)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-148." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_103
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-13)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-13)
Three men in military uniform pose together. One of them is smoking and stands next to the vehicle. Others are Japanese American men riding on a military vehicle. On front of photograph, "Neil" is named. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_007
[Mini-reunion, Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-89)
img [Mini-reunion, Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-89)
A photograph of Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-23." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_015
[Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-30)
img [Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-30)
A Japanese American in military uniform poses standing behind a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_024
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-125)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-125)
A group photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-61." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_051
[Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-134)
img [Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-134)
A photograph of attendees in a shop. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-72." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_060
[Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-142)
img [Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-142)
A photograph of attendees at a buffet. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-83." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_068
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [October 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-3)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [October 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-3)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb informed Kune of her work locations: She was in Bagnoli, Italy, then moved to Naples, Italy and was working at a club in an airport. She also discussed about returning home. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
[Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-20)
img [Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-20)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform pose together, sitting on a military vehicle with a white star symbol. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_014
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [July 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-1)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [July 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-1)
V-mail from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work: She worked at an airport in Florence, Italy. She learned that Kune also stayed in Italy and tried to locate him. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_001
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