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 (620)

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

620 items
[Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-142)
img [Mini-reunion, buffet] (ddr-csujad-1-142)
A photograph of attendees at a buffet. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-83." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_068
[Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-134)
img [Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-134)
A photograph of attendees in a shop. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-72." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_060
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-155)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-155)
A photograph of the reunion. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-100." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_081
[Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-20)
img [Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-20)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform pose together, sitting on a military vehicle with a white star symbol. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_014
Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
doc Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
A booklet published to "commemorate the observance of the 50th Golden Anniversary of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), and attempts to highlight the Go for Broke tradition of the men of the 442nd." Articles record accounts of Nisei veterans from various military companies. The articles cover the time from the formation of the 442nd Regimental ...
[Mini-reunion, Dave Kawagoye and Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-87)
img [Mini-reunion, Dave Kawagoye and Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-87)
A photograph includes Dave Kawagoye and Mrs. Mary Kawagoye. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-22." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_013
[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
[Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama] (ddr-csujad-1-113)
img [Mini-reunion, Ernie Maruyama] (ddr-csujad-1-113)
A photograph includes Ernie Maruyama. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-49." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_039
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-165)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-165)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-136." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_091
[Men in military uniform with camera] (ddr-csujad-1-25)
img [Men in military uniform with camera] (ddr-csujad-1-25)
Two men in military uniform, standing on railroad tracks, are pictured. One of them is a Japanese American man, facing the photographer with camera. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_019
Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
doc Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
A photocopy of a letter from Drusilla Tanaka, one of the Board's Research Team members, to Col. Kim. In the letter, Drusilla Tanaka described her team's research on Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were killed in action during World War II. The other members' names of the Board's Research Team, Karleen Chinen and Ted Tsukiyama, are ...
[Mini-reunion, Colonel Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-147)
img [Mini-reunion, Colonel Pi__] (ddr-csujad-1-147)
A photograph includes Colonel Pi__ and his wife, Peggy Pi__, "C" Company. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-92." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_073
[Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-118)
img [Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-118)
A photograph of Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-51." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_044
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Kuni Hisatomi] (ddr-csujad-1-81)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Kuni Hisatomi] (ddr-csujad-1-81)
Includes Mrs. Yamashita and Kuni Hisatomi. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-12." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_007
[Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-159)
img [Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-159)
A photograph of attendees' musical performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-104." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_085
[Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-128)
img [Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-128)
A photograph of attendees in a shop. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-67." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_054
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
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
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 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
I am a doughboy (ddr-csujad-5-297)
doc I am a doughboy (ddr-csujad-5-297)
A booklet given to soldiers at the U.S. Infantry Replacement Training Centers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_06_06_001
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
Marion Masada interview (ddr-csujad-6-19)
doc Marion Masada interview (ddr-csujad-6-19)
Oral history interview with Marion Masada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASADA_MARION
Dr. Frank Nishio interview (ddr-csujad-6-26)
doc Dr. Frank Nishio interview (ddr-csujad-6-26)
Oral history interview with Dr. Frank Nishio. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_NISHIO_FRANK
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