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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 (54)
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

567 items
[Roster of Anti-Tank Company, 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team] (ddr-csujad-1-53)
doc [Roster of Anti-Tank Company, 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team] (ddr-csujad-1-53)
A roster of officers and enlisted men, Anti-Tank Company 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team, who were awarded the glider badge. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_02_002
[Mini-reunion, Toro Hirose, Tak Hattori, Eddie Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-104)
img [Mini-reunion, Toro Hirose, Tak Hattori, Eddie Murakami] (ddr-csujad-1-104)
A photograph of Toro Hirose, Tak Hattori, and Eddie Murakami. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-38." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_030
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-163)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-163)
A photograph includes attendees with beer bottles on the table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-108." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_089
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-176)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-176)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-145." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_102
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-123)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-123)
A group photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-60." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_049
[Men in military uniform and women from American Red Cross] (ddr-csujad-1-10)
img [Men in military uniform and women from American Red Cross] (ddr-csujad-1-10)
Two men and two women are photographed. One of the men poses holding a cup. The other man stands back and two women from what might be the American Red Cross provide food supplies. A military vehicle with a white star and circle Allied Forces symbol is parked in front of a building. See this object ...
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-31)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-31)
Two men in military uniform pose together outside a building. One is a Japanese American man wearing a helmet and the other is wearing a military cap. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_025
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
Two men in military uniform pose together outside. One stands and the other sits on a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_018
Letter from Minoru Kishaba to Henry Y. Ikemoto with an 8th grader's letter (ddr-csujad-1-69)
doc Letter from Minoru Kishaba to Henry Y. Ikemoto with an 8th grader's letter (ddr-csujad-1-69)
Contains a letter from Minoru Kishaba to Henry Y. Ikemoto with an envelope, and a letter from an 8th grader at Sunnyside Middle School, Lafayette, Indiana, with an article on their school project. In the letter, the 8th grader discusses their school project of creating a tapestry dedicated to Japanese American WWII veterans and requests help ...
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [July 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-1)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [July 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-1)
V-mail from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work: She worked at an airport in Florence, Italy. She learned that Kune also stayed in Italy and tried to locate him. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_001
[Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-137)
img [Mini-reunion, speech] (ddr-csujad-1-137)
A photograph of an attendee. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-81." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_063
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-136)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-136)
A photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-78." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_062
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-39)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-39)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform are pictured. One is facing camera, holding a book and leaning toward a military vehicle. The other is facing back, sitting on the vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_033
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-41)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-41)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform, standing and talking near a building, are pictured. A military vehicle is included. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_035
[Man in military uniform washing hair] (ddr-csujad-1-7)
img [Man in military uniform washing hair] (ddr-csujad-1-7)
A Japanese-American man in military uniform poses next to a military truck while washing hair. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_001
[Mini-reunion, Colonel Fincil] (ddr-csujad-1-141)
img [Mini-reunion, Colonel Fincil] (ddr-csujad-1-141)
A photograph includes Colonel Fincil and his wife, 34th Division. 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_067
[Mini-reunion, Ben Tagami] (ddr-csujad-1-117)
img [Mini-reunion, Ben Tagami] (ddr-csujad-1-117)
A photograph of Ben Tagami, 100th Infantry Battalion member. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-53." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_043
[Mini-reunion, attendees at table] (ddr-csujad-1-144)
img [Mini-reunion, attendees at table] (ddr-csujad-1-144)
A photograph of attendees at table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-86." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_070
[Mini-reunion, performance] (ddr-csujad-1-121)
img [Mini-reunion, performance] (ddr-csujad-1-121)
A photograph of attendee's performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-57." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_047
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-153)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-153)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-97." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_079
Anti-Tank Company, 442nd RCT (ddr-csujad-1-61)
doc Anti-Tank Company, 442nd RCT (ddr-csujad-1-61)
An article about Anti-Tank Company. This article is a shorter version or draft of the article, csudh_ike_0054. There is a note attached to the document, asking for feedback on it. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_004
[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
Anti-Tank Co. and the Southern France Campaign, [clippings] (ddr-csujad-1-58)
doc Anti-Tank Co. and the Southern France Campaign, [clippings] (ddr-csujad-1-58)
Articles on the 442nd Infantry Regiment Anti-Tank Company. The clippings are taken from unknown sources. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_001
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [October 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-3)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [October 27, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-3)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb informed Kune of her work locations: She was in Bagnoli, Italy, then moved to Naples, Italy and was working at a club in an airport. She also discussed about returning home. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
[Mini-reunion, Colonel Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-149)
img [Mini-reunion, Colonel Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-149)
A photograph includes Colonel Pi__ and his wife Peggy, "C" Company. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-93." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_075
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