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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Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-13)
img Page of Hisa Nimura Horiuchi Scrapbook (ddr-densho-325-13)
A collection of photographs of Hisa's friends during World War II.
Nisei married couple (ddr-densho-325-102)
img Nisei married couple (ddr-densho-325-102)
The front of the photograph is addressed "To Harry, Sincerely Duke + Agnes 7/29/44". The back of the photograph has a message written in Japanese.
Friends in Pacific Grove (ddr-densho-328-88)
img Friends in Pacific Grove (ddr-densho-328-88)
Caption in album: "Taken at Pacific Grove / Seichi, Shig, Richard."
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-552)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-552)
"Nellie Yamamoto, Arthur Yamamoto, 29-3-D, Jan 12 1945, Flash f8 1/100 PlusX" as described on back, family portrait in barracks room, Arthur in military uniform
Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-59)
img Departures (ddr-hmwf-1-59)
"Boy Scout Parade to send off military men"
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 3, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-79)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 3, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-79)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 3, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 4, 1945 from Chicago, Illinois.
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 16, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-24)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 16, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-24)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (December 16, 1944). White card with illustration in white of two lambs looking at a star with palm trees in the background. "At Christmas" is on the top left on front of card. Envelope is postmarked December 16, 1944 from Chicago, Illinois.
Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
vh Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
The challenges faced by Nisei soldiers

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Letter from H. N. Gilbert, Brigadier General, United States Army Director to Masao Okine, May 3, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-78)
doc Letter from H. N. Gilbert, Brigadier General, United States Army Director to Masao Okine, May 3, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-78)
An official letter from Office of Dependency Benefits of the U.S. Army Service Forces, Office of the Fiscal Director. It requests the documentary evidence to support the application for family allowance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_17_001
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
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, ...
Two photos of Nisei servicemen (ddr-csujad-7-13)
img Two photos of Nisei servicemen (ddr-csujad-7-13)
Two photos of Nisei servicemen. Top: Furloughed soldier with his mother in strawberry field, Florin, California, 1942. Bottom: Soldier visiting his parents at Minidoka incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f13
Robert Ohki interview (ddr-csujad-6-27)
doc Robert Ohki interview (ddr-csujad-6-27)
Oral history interview with Robert Ohki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_OHKI_ROBERT
Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
doc Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
Oral history interview with Lloyd Kurihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KURIHARA_LLOYD
Single soldier (ddr-csujad-26-99)
img Single soldier (ddr-csujad-26-99)
A Japanese American soldier poses in front of a building in his gear and holds a rifle. Handwriting on front of photo reads, "To [Henry] and Bob, just tired 'doggie' [Vaj] Ft. Mc Clellan, Ala. 1944." Caption on back of photo reads, "If I look tired - I am or was. It was one of those ...
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-98)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-98)
A photograph of Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-31." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_024
[Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-161)
img [Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-161)
A photograph of attendees' musical performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-105." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_087
[Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama, Shiro Yamamoto] (ddr-csujad-1-94)
img [Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama, Shiro Yamamoto] (ddr-csujad-1-94)
A photograph includes Ernie Maruyama and Shiro Yamamoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-27." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_020
[Mini-reunion, Jack Kaguni, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-99)
img [Mini-reunion, Jack Kaguni, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-99)
A photograph includes Jack Kaguni and Mrs. Yamashita. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-36." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_025
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