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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 (570)

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

570 items
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."
Disabled German plane on the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-38)
img Disabled German plane on the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-38)
Caption in album: "Between Munich - Augsburg the highway used as runways many German planes could be seen on the side most disabled."
VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 3 (ddr-densho-280-119)
doc VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 3 (ddr-densho-280-119)
Selected article titles: "World News" (p. 1), "Daily Log" (p. 1), "Sports" (p. 2), "Today's Sports Quiz" (p. 2), "Haircuts" (p. 2).
An Address by Sergeant Ben Kuroki, U.S. Army Air Force (ddr-densho-280-10)
doc An Address by Sergeant Ben Kuroki, U.S. Army Air Force (ddr-densho-280-10)
This transcription of Sergeant Kuroki's speech details his experience as a Japanese-American in the Air Force and articulates his desire for an end to prejudice within the military.
VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 8 (ddr-densho-280-120)
doc VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 8 (ddr-densho-280-120)
Selected article titles: "World News" (p. 1), "Daily Log" (p. 1), "Sports" (p. 2), "Today's Movie" (p. 2), "The Crow's Nest" (p. 2).
Headquarters, Office of the Transport Commander S.S. James S. Kinkaid (ddr-densho-280-123)
doc Headquarters, Office of the Transport Commander S.S. James S. Kinkaid (ddr-densho-280-123)
This document is a debarkation order for a ship and its crew made by Captain Paul S. Tinsley.
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 5 (ddr-densho-280-114)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 5 (ddr-densho-280-114)
Selected article titles: "China Remains Tense" (p. 1), "GI Bill of Rights Revised" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3), "Special Service" (p. 4), "Song of the Kinkaid" (p. 4).
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 3 (ddr-densho-280-116)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 3 (ddr-densho-280-116)
Selected article titles: "Italian Armistice Terms" (p. 1), "Quick Views of the News" (p. 1), "First Variety Show Success!" (p. 1), "I've Heard that Song Before" (p. 2).
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).
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).
Japanese soldiers returning after surrender (ddr-densho-299-3)
img Japanese soldiers returning after surrender (ddr-densho-299-3)
Caption on reverse: "Soldiers / returning after / surrender."
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."
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 / ...
Two newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-22-145)
doc Two newspaper clippings (ddr-densho-22-145)
Article title: "1,500 Will Be Inducted in the Territory: Volunteers Will Be Formed into Combat Units." Article title: "126 Hilo Men to Enter Army: Draft Board 2 Releases Names of 116 AJAX."
A plane next to the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-34)
img A plane next to the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-34)
Caption in album: "Some sections of the German super highway called the Auto Bahn [sic]. The highway was very equal to some of the U.S. double high speed roads."
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."
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