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)

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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[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_026
[Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
img [Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
A Japanese American man looks out from a winder of a building. On front of photograph, he is named Neil. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_027
Report on Heart Mountain to Tule Lake transfer Sam Horino, leader of movement to challenge Selective Service for incarcerated Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-2-45)
doc Report on Heart Mountain to Tule Lake transfer Sam Horino, leader of movement to challenge Selective Service for incarcerated Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-2-45)
Informational report to Willard Schmidt about Sam Horino, an incarceree transferred from Heart Mountain Camp to Tule Lake Camp. Horino was accused of protesting the Selective Service program for incarcerated Japanese Americans and creating bulletins he posted throughout Heart Mountain Camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0045
[Some reactions to selective service: Tule Lake] (ddr-csujad-2-58)
doc [Some reactions to selective service: Tule Lake] (ddr-csujad-2-58)
Report on selective service reactions at Tule Lake Camp. Report discusses Japanese identity compared to American identity, especially for the Nisei, repatriation requests, and draft evasion. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0058
[Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
img [Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier taken at a parade ground at Camp Blanding, Florida. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_005
Letter from Corine Key, Relocation Adviser, Rohwer Relocation Center, to Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director, November 1, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-97)
doc Letter from Corine Key, Relocation Adviser, Rohwer Relocation Center, to Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director, November 1, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-97)
A letter from Corine Key, Relocation Advisor at the Rohwer incarceration camp to Federal Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director in Long Beach, California. It certifies that the Okines are eligible for federal housing on the basis of their sons' service with the U.S. Army. Enclosed with other items: csudh_oki_0099, csudh_oki_0100, and csudh_oki_0101. See this object ...
[Japanese American soldiers] (ddr-csujad-5-20)
img [Japanese American soldiers] (ddr-csujad-5-20)
A photograph of three Japanese American soldiers taken in Silver Springs, Florida in June 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_004
George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
doc George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
Oral history interview with George Kiyomoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIYOMOTO_GEORGE
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."
Soldiers preparing to go home (ddr-densho-201-807)
img Soldiers preparing to go home (ddr-densho-201-807)
Caption in album: "'Going home' / Aug. 1946 / Antioch Victory (ship)."
doc "Entering 92d Inf Div Area 1942-1945" (ddr-densho-201-405)
One-hundred-page booklet. Title on cover: "Entering 92nd Inf Div Area 1942-1945." Page three: "October 1942 - June 1945 With the 92d Infantry Division; Published by Information - Education Section, MTOUSA [Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army]; Compiled by Historical Committee, 92nd Infantry Division. Photos Courtesy 'THE BUFFALO' and APS. Drawings- Sgt. Ted Shearer; Maps-S/Sgt. Rodney ...
Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-3)
img Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-3)
Grandchildren of Nisei veterans of World War II stand at this memorial service, which took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Nisei veterans reunion (ddr-densho-8-5)
img Nisei veterans reunion (ddr-densho-8-5)
This Nisei veteran reunion took place over Independence Day weekend. Shown here is keynote speaker, Four Star General Eric Shinseki.
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]."
U.S. Army general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-1)
img U.S. Army general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-1)
General David Bramlett, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The service was part of a reunion of Nisei veterans. (Nisei veterans national convention program.)
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."
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