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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VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 9 (ddr-densho-280-121)
doc VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 9 (ddr-densho-280-121)
Final Edition. Selected article titles: "World News" (p. 1), "Editorial: 'By the Dawn's Early Light' (p. 1), "Daily Log" (p. 1), "The 'Voice' of Special Service" (p. 2), "The Crows Nest" (p. 2).
Certificate of Merchandise (ddr-densho-280-125)
doc Certificate of Merchandise (ddr-densho-280-125)
A receipt of Joe Hamanaka's purchases in Matsue, Japan. The certificate guarantees that he bought all items in Japan and they are being sent home as a gift or souvenir.
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 6 (ddr-densho-280-117)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 6 (ddr-densho-280-117)
Selected article titles: "Armistice Day" (p. 1), "Unity of Command" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3).
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 7 (ddr-densho-280-118)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 7 (ddr-densho-280-118)
Selected article titles: "Colonial Unrest" (p. 1), "Casulaty Off Okinawa" (p. 1), "Sino-American Plans" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3).
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).
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."
General MacArthur and General Wainwright (ddr-densho-299-90)
img General MacArthur and General Wainwright (ddr-densho-299-90)
Caption: "MacArthur greets Gen Wainwight [sic] after his release / From the Japanese P.O.W. Camp in Bataan."
Photo of Japanese Army artist's painting of the Death March to Bataan (ddr-densho-299-228)
img Photo of Japanese Army artist's painting of the Death March to Bataan (ddr-densho-299-228)
Caption: "Painting showing the Allied troops captured in Corregidor beginning the 'Death March to Bataan.'" Ted Akimoto noted that "during the war many large paintings were made by Japanese Army artists. Some paintings were 8 feet long. These paintings were displayed in public places in the lands that they had conquered such as Manchuria, and parts ...
General MacArthur and Maj. Gen. Mueller waiting for the arrival of Secretary Royall (ddr-densho-299-36)
img General MacArthur and Maj. Gen. Mueller waiting for the arrival of Secretary Royall (ddr-densho-299-36)
Caption on reverse: "FEC-49-799. 1 Feb 49 / General MacArthur awaits arrival of / Secretary Royall in Tokyo, Japan: / General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, / Supreme Commander Allied Powers, awaits / the arrival of Secretary of the Army / Kenneth C. Royall at Haneda Air Base, / Tokyo, Japan. With General MacArthur is / ...
View down the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-35)
img View down the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-35)
Caption in album: "Just after the war the Auto Bahn [sic] was mainly an army road but a few civilian cars was seen used by some forces. Here is pictured the mid section with trees which was laid across road to blockade the highway as the Germans made their retreat."
Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-68)
img Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-68)
Caption in album: "215th QM Depot / Nuremberg / Separated to the new job in the army as changes took place to an army of occupation rather than a fighting army. Our new job was to be with the Quartermaster rear eschalon at Nuremberg."
General Mark Clark in Germany (ddr-densho-22-18)
img General Mark Clark in Germany (ddr-densho-22-18)
Caption in album: "General Mark Clark visiting Koenig Sea. He said here. 'Well! You want a picture of me don't you? How's this?'"
Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-67)
img Soldiers at the 215th Quartermaster Depot (ddr-densho-22-67)
Caption in album: "215th QM Depot / Nuremberg / Separated to the new job in the army as changes took place to an army of occupation rather than a fighting army. Our new job was to be with the Quartermaster rear eschalon at Nuremberg."
Lynn Crosh next to a 522nd sign (ddr-densho-22-19)
img Lynn Crosh next to a 522nd sign (ddr-densho-22-19)
Caption in album: "Miss Lynn Crosh. War correspondent for the 442nd Combat Team reporter of the Honolulu Star Bulletin. When she visited our Bn in Donauworth. Miss Lynn Chrosh was one of very few women war correspondents and any American woman in the front lines during the war."
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 22 (November 26, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 22 (November 26, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-47)
Selected article titles: "Wendy's Appeal of Reduction of Charge Refused" (p. 1), "Iva Files Pardon Plea" (p. 1), "Trudeau's Toast in Tokyo Ruffles Nisei" (pp. 1-2), and "Minority of One: The Canadian Connection" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
Selected article titles: "I. Magnin, Joseph Magnin Urging Kenzo Label Change" (p. 1), "Yankee Samurai: Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory" (pp. 1, 9-12), "Japan's Pearl Harbor Spy Saw Evacuation as 'Cruel Joke'" (p. 2), and "Min Yasui Letters: From the Multnomah Jail" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2053 (July 27, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 89, No. 2053 (July 27, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-29)
Selected article titles: "U.S. Responds to 'Save the Boat People' Campaign" (p. 1), "In the Last 100 Years: Estimate 905,000 Japanese Emigrated" (p. 1), "Guest Speaker: A 'No-No' Segregee" (pp. 4, 9), and "Nisei in Japan: Yankee Samurai Here and Now" (p. 10).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 25 (December 17, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 25 (December 17, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-50)
Selected article titles: "Matsui Chides Hayakawa for Dec. 7 Anti-Redress Speech" (p. 1), "U.S.-Japan Trade: Showdown Nears" (pp. 1, 4), "A-Bomb Survivors to Seek Hibakusha Research Bill" (p. 2), and "From the Frying Pan: Niihau: Bizarre Episode of WWII" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Veteran Wins Honorable Army Discharge After 36 Years" (p. 1), "'Day of Remembrance' in 1982: WW2 Aid of Quakers Recalled" (p. 1), "Redress Phase 3: JACL's Redress Ambassador Min" (p. 2), and "Trust Fund for Redress Seen as Breech of Faith" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 17 (November 25, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 17 (November 25, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-42)
Selected article titles: "Coalition Calls for Ethnic Studies Course" (p. 1), "13,639 Names to Be Included: Memorial Honoring Nikkei WW2 Vets, MIS Proposed" (p. 1), "Immigration Control and Reform Act: Mineta, Matsui, Irked by Report" (p. 1), and "Over 175 Attend JACL-Sponsored Redress Workshop" (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).
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