Pre-World War II service

Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, approximately 5,000 Japanese Americans were already in the U.S. Army, most having been drafted. When war broke out, some Nisei soldiers were discharged, while others were placed in noncombat positions at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. Still others were overlooked by the military bureaucracy and continued in their positions. During this chaotic time, all other Nisei were reclassified 4-C, the status of "enemy alien," and therefore became ineligible for the draft.

Pre-World War II service (40)

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Harvey Watanabe Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-102-9)
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Hearing of the bombing of Pearl Harbor while on leave from Fort Lewis
James Yamazaki Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-175-21)
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Assigned to the 106th Infantry Division

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Corporal Henry Tatsumi (ddr-densho-353-208)
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Captioned: "E Co. 75th Infantry Camp Lewis, now Fort Lewis."
George S. Matsui Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1008-2-4)
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Basic training and reconnaissance training as an early draftee

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

George S. Matsui Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1008-2-3)
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Drafted into the army in early 1941

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.

Edward H. Mitsukado Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1007-4-5)
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Leaving for military training on the mainland, saying goodbye to parents

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Ben Kuroki - Shige Kuroki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-21-1)
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Description of flying in a B-24 bomber during World War II

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily ...

Minoru
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-149-24)
Arrival at Fort Bliss, Texas, disappointment at being given menial tasks
Minoru
vh Minoru "Min" Tsubota Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-149-23)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while on a military base: separated from unit along with other Japanese Americans
Bill Thompson Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-90-14)
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Honoring the Varsity Victory Volunteers, Japanese American ROTC students in Hawaii

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews and concentrated on a single topic, namely, the individual ...

James Yamazaki Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-175-24)
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Memories of the Battle of the Bulge

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