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

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Photograph album dedicated to Bussei soldiers in World War II (ddr-densho-328-535)
doc Photograph album dedicated to Bussei soldiers in World War II (ddr-densho-328-535)
A photograph album created by the Ogden Y.B.A. (Young Buddhists Association) chapter and dedicated to the Bussei veterans who fought in World War II.
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
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
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
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 9 (August 29, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 9 (August 29, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-35)
Select article titles: "JACL's Japan policy to go per-issue basis" (p. 1); "Gold Star Mother of World War II's Nisei CMH winner recall's son's heroism" (p. 2); "Text of Dr. Nishikawa's keynote address to Convention" (p.3); "Nisei must help U.S. to win cold war in Asia, urges Saund" (p.5)
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, ...
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
Thank you letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from the American Legion (ddr-densho-319-590)
doc Thank you letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from the American Legion (ddr-densho-319-590)
A letter from the American Legion Wallace Simpson Post No. 29 to T.K. Pharmacy thanking them for donating a case of soda.
Seated Japanese man in uniform (ddr-csujad-26-90)
img Seated Japanese man in uniform (ddr-csujad-26-90)
A Japanese American man wearing a military uniform is seated in a home. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_027
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including social and cultural differences, personality conflicts, friendships, social interactions, school, dogs, memories, reflections on camp life, weather, a friend in the military visiting his parents in camp, hobbies, and opinions about other people and daily life. Each entry ...
Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
doc Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
Oral history interview with Matsushige [Mats] Ando. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ando, Matsushige Mats
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1621)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-359-1621)
The photograph is signed "Affectionately George".
Letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-208)
doc Letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-208)
A letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn. The letter is a response to Weglyn's 1988 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), regarding records on the Japanese American Citizenship League (JACL). See this object in the California State ...
Letter from Ced [Cedrick Shimo] and Milli to Michi Weglyn, November 3, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-85)
doc Letter from Ced [Cedrick Shimo] and Milli to Michi Weglyn, November 3, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-85)
A letter from Cedrick and Milli Shimo to Michi Weglyn in which they talk about the the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They also describe a reunion of survivors of the German concentration camp Dachau, and refer to a speaker at the event that talked about the treatment of African American soldiers during Word ...
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".
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-112)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-112)
A photograph includes Mrs. Yamashita. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-46." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_038
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work and the weather in Italy. She also criticized the war and people's optimistic view. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_006
[Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
img [Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
A photograph of Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-88." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_069
[Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
img [Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
Two men in military uniform poses together in a military vehicle. On front of photograph, they are named:"S__" and "Deane." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_012
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