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 (66)
Military service (623)

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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The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 47 (July 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-35)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 47 (July 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-35)
"Fights Use of Japanese in Job Classification" (p. 1), "ADC Receives New Version of H.R. 3999" (p. 1), "NVC Supports Measure on Citizenship" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 24 (March 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-94)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 24 (March 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-94)
"Center Blaze Sufferers Get Loss Claims" (p. 1), "Nisei War Memorial Army Raises $1,623 Here" (p. 1), "Union Membership Sought for Issei" (p. 2), "Fights Seizure of Alien's Land for War Claims" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
"Senate Unit Favors Bills with Riders" (p. 1), "26 Nisei GI Dead Due Home" (p. 1),
Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
img Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
(Left to right) Cherry Chieko Okura and Minoru Tsubota. Caption on Post-it: "Minoru Tsubota. Cherry Chieko Okura. Engaged? Newly married?"
Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
img Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
A man in a military uniform standing next to a seated woman in a kimono in front of a building. (Left to right) Unknown Shimazu and Shikie Kihara. Caption on Post-it: "Shikie Kihara w/husb., mar[ried] ? Shimazu. Her husband was 1st one to bomb Nanking."
Wayne and Hideo Kato (ddr-densho-258-87)
img Wayne and Hideo Kato (ddr-densho-258-87)
Two men, one in a military uniform, standing outside a building. Caption below: "Wayne & Hideo Kato."
Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
img Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
Family posing outside, multiple generations, with a young man in a military uniform. Caption below: "Yukio, Shiz, Hanako, & Akira Aramaki." Inscription: "Dear One-san, Love Hanako."
Soldier (ddr-densho-258-91)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-258-91)
Hideo Kato, in uniform, standing in front of a barracks. Caption above: "Hidio [sic]."
In uniform (ddr-densho-258-86)
img In uniform (ddr-densho-258-86)
Two men in military uniforms standing outside a building. Caption below: "Hideo."
Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
img Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
A man in a military uniform standing with his arm around a woman. Caption below: "Shizue and Yukio."
Mitsue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-126)
img Mitsue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-126)
A woman and a man stand outside in the sun, the man in a military uniform. Caption below: "Mitsue & Yukio."
Woman and soldier (ddr-densho-258-34)
img Woman and soldier (ddr-densho-258-34)
A woman standing next to a man in a military uniform outside. Caption below: "1943."
Outside the Barracks (ddr-densho-258-127)
img Outside the Barracks (ddr-densho-258-127)
Two men stand outside a barracks, one in a military uniform. Caption below: "[illegible] & Yukio Tanaka."
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. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
Selected article titles: "More Internees to Leave Sunday" (p. 1), "WRA Determined to Close Centers-Myer" (p. 2), and "GI's May Visit Interned Kins" (p. 4).
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. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
Selected article titles: "Comply with Smoking Ban at All Indoor Gatherings" (p. 1), "263 Casualties Listed from 9 Centers-WRA" (p. 2), and "Issei Volunteers to Be Accepted by U.S. Army" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
Selected article titles: "Co-ordinators Tender Resignations: Return to Normal State Given Reason for Action" (p. 1, 3), "H. Black Quells Segregation and Repatriation Rumors" (p. 1, 4), "Reserve Corps Status Defined" (p. 1), and "Fiscal Section Reveals 5011 Colonists on WRA Payroll" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
Selected article titles: "Japan Now Represented in U.S. by Swiss Govt." (pp. 1, 3), "Army Alone Determines Who Can Return--Pratt" (pp. 1-2), "Demonstration Given by Center Fire Dept." (p. 2), and "Safety Council Gives Warning" (p. 4).
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 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."
Koreans welcoming American troops (ddr-densho-299-108)
img Koreans welcoming American troops (ddr-densho-299-108)
Caption: "In Korea, the populace await the arrival of American troops at the end of the war."
Japanese forces signing the surrender treaty (ddr-densho-299-96)
img Japanese forces signing the surrender treaty (ddr-densho-299-96)
Caption: "Aboard the USS Missouri, the victors and the vanquished sign the historic / surrender document."
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