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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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

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Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-1)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-1)
Left to right: Debbie McQuilken, Senator Daniel Inouye, and General David A. Bramlett. The two men on the left are unidentified.
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-4)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-4)
General David A. Bramlett, a keynote speaker at the reunion of Nisei veterans.
Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-2)
img Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-2)
This service took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Japanese American general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-2)
img Japanese American general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-2)
General Eric Shinseki, Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The service took place during a reunion for Nisei veterans. [Nisei veterans national convention program.]
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.)
Senator Daniel Inouye, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-3)
img Senator Daniel Inouye, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-3)
Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii speaks at the unveiling of the Brothers in Valor memorial monument, which honors Nisei soldiers.
Japanese American general (ddr-densho-14-5)
img Japanese American general (ddr-densho-14-5)
General Eric Shinseki was a keynote speaker during a banquet at a reunion of Nisei veterans.
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, Jack Kaguni] (ddr-csujad-1-95)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, Jack Kaguni] (ddr-csujad-1-95)
A photograph of Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata, and Jack Kaguni. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-32." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_021
[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
[Mini-reunion, Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-89)
img [Mini-reunion, Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-89)
A photograph of Maly Tamura, Mr. and Mrs. Saimo. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-23." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_015
[Mini-reunion, Kay Nakata] (ddr-csujad-1-105)
img [Mini-reunion, Kay Nakata] (ddr-csujad-1-105)
A photograph includes Kay Nakata. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-41." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_031
[Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-148)
img [Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-148)
A photograph of an attendee. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-90." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_074
Memorial Day services (ddr-csujad-1-205)
doc Memorial Day services (ddr-csujad-1-205)
A program for Memorial Day services held at Evergreen Memorial Park, Los Angeles California on May 25, 1998. Services were conducted by the Nisei Veterans Coordinating Council. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_04_09_001
[Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
img [Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
Two women, perhaps from the American Red Cross, pose together while providing food supplies. A military vehicle with a white star and circle Allied Forces symbol is parked behind them. On front of photograph, there is handwritten inscription. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_023
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform were photographed. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_003
100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
doc 100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
Lists the military operations in Italy and France by 100th Infantry Battalion Combat chronologically from September 2, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_002
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [November 10, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-2)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [November 10, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-2)
V-mail from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb informed Kune of her current location: She was in Capodichino, but heading to Bagnoli, Italy. She also gave Kune her home address in Menlo Park, California and business address in Palo Alto, California. See this object in the California State ...
[Mini-reunion, Masato Doi, Seiya Tanaka, Goro Inaba, Kuni Hisatomi, Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Mrs. Holly Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-79)
img [Mini-reunion, Masato Doi, Seiya Tanaka, Goro Inaba, Kuni Hisatomi, Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Mrs. Holly Kishaba] (ddr-csujad-1-79)
A photograph includes Masato Doi, Seiya Tanaka, Goro Inaba, Kuni Hisatomi from left to right on right side, and Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Mrs. Holly Kishaba on left side. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-13." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_005
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