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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)

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

567 items
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-551)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-551)
Nellie Yamamoto, Arthur Yamamoto, 29-3-D, Jan 12 1945, Flash f8 1/100 PlusX, family portrait in barracks room, Arthur in military uniform
Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-621)
img Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-621)
"Aug 11-1944, l8 f4.5 1/25 SuperpanPress D76-40' G3" as described on back, man's portrait in military uniform
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-552)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-552)
"Nellie Yamamoto, Arthur Yamamoto, 29-3-D, Jan 12 1945, Flash f8 1/100 PlusX" as described on back, family portrait in barracks room, Arthur in military uniform
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-635)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-635)
"Aug 11-1944, l8 f4.5 1/25 SuperpanPress D76-40' G3" as described on back, man in uniform with wife and son
Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-620)
img Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-620)
"Match Kumamoto 24-22-F, Aug 11-1944, l9 f5.6 1/25 SuperpanPress D76-40' G3" as described on back, man's portrait in military uniform
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
"Furumura family and visitors, 29-3-C Jan 11 1944, l19 f11 1/50 G3, PlusX DK20-50' D76-17' " as described on back
Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
img Family picture (ddr-hmwf-1-305)
"Family posing together, Aug 11 1944" l8 f4.5 1/25, SuperpanPress D76-40' G3
Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-57)
img Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-57)
"Men and women waving goodbye to military men loading up on buses"
Vocation Building (ddr-hmwf-1-98)
img Vocation Building (ddr-hmwf-1-98)
"Group standing in front of Vocation Building, including young military man" April 14, 1944, Super Ikonta B
Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-59)
img Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-59)
"Boy Scout Parade to send off military men"
Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-58)
img Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-58)
"Men and women waving goodbye to military men loading up on buses"
Walking back to camp (ddr-hmwf-1-71)
img Walking back to camp (ddr-hmwf-1-71)
"Send off returning, Dec 1, 1943" as described on back, l19 f16 1/25 G3 snap, Plus x DK20-40' D76 10'
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.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1619)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1619)
The photogrpah is signed "Most sincerely George".
Portrait of Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1583)
img Portrait of Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1583)
The photograph is signed "To Ed + Janet with affection George".
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1621)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1621)
The photograph is signed "Affectionately George".
Portrait of couple (ddr-densho-359-1575)
img Portrait of couple (ddr-densho-359-1575)
Caption written beneath the photograph in the album "Mr + Mrs Ikeda".
Solider and woman (ddr-densho-359-1107)
img Solider and woman (ddr-densho-359-1107)
The photograph is signed "To uncle + auntie Sincerely. [illegible]." The caption in the album is "Hattiesburg Miss. 1944".
Soldier and woman (ddr-densho-359-1451)
img Soldier and woman (ddr-densho-359-1451)
The photograph is signed "To Phil and Alice Sincerely [illegible] Sis"
Diving for coin (ddr-densho-201-835)
img Diving for coin (ddr-densho-201-835)
Caption in album: "Diving after coin / Antioch Victory (broke down) stuck at Azore [sic] one week. / J.W. McAndrew transfer."
The Antioch Victory (ddr-densho-201-806)
img The Antioch Victory (ddr-densho-201-806)
Caption in album: "'Going home' / Aug. 1946 / Antioch Victory (ship)."
img "Mussolini DVX" obelisk at U.S. Army Rest Center (ddr-densho-201-274)
Obelisk with "MVSSOLINI DVX" written on the side, or "The Leader Mussolini." A sign for the U.S. Army Rest Center is in front of the obelisk. This is the Mussolini Forum ("Foro Mussolini") U.S. Army Rest Center, located north of Rome.
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