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 (66)
Military service (621)

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

621 items
[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
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [August 30, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-4)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [August 30, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-4)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Talked about a plan to return. She asked Kune when he is planning to return home or if he would stay until March. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_004
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Molly Kishaba and Mrs. Mildred Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-100)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Molly Kishaba and Mrs. Mildred Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-100)
A photograph of Mrs. Molly Kishaba and Mrs. Mildred Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-34." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_026
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-11)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-11)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses next to a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_005
[Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
img [Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
Japanese American man stands outside, looking down and smiling. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_016
[Man on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-40)
img [Man on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-40)
A Japanese American man poses, sitting on a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_034
[Mini-reunion, Hiroshi Kami, Goro Inaba, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata] (ddr-csujad-1-102)
img [Mini-reunion, Hiroshi Kami, Goro Inaba, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata] (ddr-csujad-1-102)
A photograph of Hiroshi Kami, Goro Inaba, Mrs. Kay Nakata, Tom Nakata. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-35." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_028
[Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-115)
img [Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-115)
A photograph of Wally Kagawa playing the harmonica. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-52." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_041
[Mini-reunion, registration table] (ddr-csujad-1-77)
img [Mini-reunion, registration table] (ddr-csujad-1-77)
A photograph of female attendees at registration table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-11." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_003
[Mini-reunion, table] (ddr-csujad-1-80)
img [Mini-reunion, table] (ddr-csujad-1-80)
A photograph of two female attendees at a table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-15." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_006
[Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-157)
img [Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-157)
A photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-101." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_083
Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
doc Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
A letter regarding the order of copies of photographs taken at the 1995 mini-reunion at Las Vegas. Includes handwritten marginalia. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_005
[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
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_029
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-156)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-156)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-98." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_082
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-158)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-158)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-99." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_084
On silent wings (ddr-csujad-1-56)
doc On silent wings (ddr-csujad-1-56)
A booklet about the U.S. Army glider service during WWII. The caption title: Crossing the lines on silent wings. "Not for sale." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_03_001
[Men in military uniform gathering] (ddr-csujad-1-17)
img [Men in military uniform gathering] (ddr-csujad-1-17)
Five Japanese American men in military uniform, gathering and talking outside, are pictured. On back of photograph, names are written: "Mike, ____, Tay__, Shi____, Hideo." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_011
[Man in military uniform standing on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-27)
img [Man in military uniform standing on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-27)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing on railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_021
[Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
img [Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
Four Japanese American men are photographed. One of them is trimming another man's hair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_020
[Man in military uniform on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-23)
img [Man in military uniform on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-23)
Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing on railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_017
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-122)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-122)
A group photograph includes: Hiroshi Kaku, Toro Hirose, Goro Inaba, Shiro Yamamoto, George Tamura, Hiroshi Kami, Jack Kaguni, Ernie Maruyama, Frank Seto, Tom Nakata, Henry Ikemoto, Seiya Tanaka, Eddie Murakami, Wally Kagawa, Masato Doi, Jerry Ayabe, Hiyumi Saimo, Tak Hattori, Roy Nishio, Dave Kawagoye, Kuni Hisatomi, Chappie Kishaba. Recorded number on the back side of the …
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-166)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-166)
A photograph includes attendees with beer bottles on the table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-107." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_092
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-170)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-170)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-138." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_096
[Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-140)
img [Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-140)
A photograph of attendees at a buffet. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-85." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_066
[Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-145)
img [Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-145)
A photograph of Wally Kagawa. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-89." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_071
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