This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
Caption on reverse [translation]: "Wang Chonghui (No. 2,496). From Guangdong Province, important figure in Kuomintang. Legal specialist, graduated from Tianjin Peiyang University and studied abroad in Britain, America, Germany, and France."
"France and U.S. Will Honor Nisei GI War Dead in Special Ceremony in Bruyeres on October 30" (p. 1), "Visit to Japan Not O.K. Yet, JACL Learns" (p. 1),"Final Briefs Completed for Alien Land Law Case" (p. 4).
Writing on front: "Rex, Leviathan, Ile de France, Empress of Canada, Deutschland, Empress of Asia, Empress of Russia, Comte [sic] di Savoia, Britannic, Emp. Of Australia, Tuscania, Transylvania, Achilles, USS Arkansas, State of California, USS California, Dar Pamorza [sic]"
Original caption: La Houssiere Area, France. Combat Team of a Cannon Company, fires from their new position in the woods. This particular Unit is composed of almost all Japanese-American troops. 442nd Infantry. 4 Nov 1944.
Selected article titles: "WRA Reports Heavy Casualties in France" (p. 1), "Information on Sale of Automobiles, Trucks" (p. 2), "The Right to Return" (p. 2), "JACL Holds National Conference December 1-3" (p. 3).
Selected article titles: "Corn Products Company in Kansas City Wants Forty Nisei Workers" (p. 1), "More Reported Wounded in France" (p. 1), "Issei May Write to NYC Resettlement Council in Japanese" (p. 1), "No Leaves Granted During Holiday Season" (p. 1), "Please Don't Dump Your Burning Charcoal" (p. 4).
Original caption: Two Color guards and color bearers of the Japanese-American 442nd Combat Team, stand at attention while their citations are read. They are standing on ground, in the Bruyeres Area, France, where many of their comrades fell. 12 November 1944.
Original caption: St. Die Area, France. A Japanese-American soldier talks to a buddy through the observation port of a well camouflaged fox-hole. This unit, comprised of Japanese-Americans, are holding a section of the front line. Company "F", 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regiment, (Combat Team). 13 Nov 1944.
Original caption: Oahu, T. H. At the HQ Replacement Training Command, enlisted men of the 100th Infantry Bn., now in the 623rd Caual Company, 13th Replacement depot, happily await 30-day furloughs and subsequent discharges. The entire group saw action in Africa, Italy, and Southern France. Many hold Purple Heart and Presidential Citations. 27 June 1945.
This collection consist of photographs and documents from a Nisei man from Tacoma, Washington. During World War II, he served in France and Italy with the 100th Battalion and later with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team when the 100th became the 442nd's 1st Battalion.
Original caption: St. Die Area, France. A Japanese-American unit moves into a new command post which was built for them by the U.S. Army Engineers. This unit is holding a strategic front line position. Company "F", 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regiment (Combat Team). 13 Nov 1944.
Original caption: Oahu, T.H. Pvt. Naoto Mausuura, Hamakuapoko, Maui, and Tec/Sgt. David Malo, Jr., 110 A. Keaukaha St., Hilo, Hawaii, check the locations of some of the battles in which they fought in Italy, Africa and Southern France. Both men are members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, and have received the Purple Heart and ...
Original caption: St. Die Area, France. A Japanese-American machine gunner keeps himself ready for a sight of a German. His unit composed, entirely of Japanese-Americans, are holding a section of the front lines. Company F. 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regiment (Combat Team). 13 Nov 1944.
Selected article titles: "442nd Regiment Rescues 'Lost Battalion' in France" (p. 1), "'Nisei in Uniform' Pamphlet Available Now at USO Office" (p. 1), "Exterminator: Los Angeles Nisei Kills Eight Germans in Fight" (p. 2), "Newspaper Guild Passes Resolution on Evacuee Return" (p. 2), "Racial Tolerance Asked by Idahoan" (p. 2).
Nisei male. Born 1923, and grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, prior to World War II. During the war, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Drafted into the military during the war and served in Europe and France with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Mr. Okazaki passed away on May 24, 2011.
Lists the military operations in Italy and France by 100th Infantry Battalion Combat chronologically from September 2, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_002
Original caption: S/Sgt. James S. Kawashime, a Japanese-American from Hanoa Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, stands guard for the 442nd Combat Team, 100th Infantry Bn., U.S. Seventh Army in the Charmois area of France, in bivouac before meeting the Germans in combat for the first time. 10/12/44.
Original caption: Oahu, T. H. The first 48 veterans to be discharged from the Army under the point system, seated here, are waiting for their certification at the Separation Center. All but two are members of the famous 100th Battalion, 34th Division, which saw plenty of action in Italy and France. 23 May 1945.
Selected article titles: "Telegram Discloses Manzanar Volunteer Wounded in France" (p. 1), "Observe Armistice" (p. 1), "Return of Evacuees Alarms Congressman" (p. 1), "Facts About Evacuee Property" (p. 1), "Catholic Group Plan Christmas Program" (p. 3), "Jerome to House Prisoners of War" (p. 4), "Anti Alien Land Bill Defeated in Colorado" (p. 4).
Caption on reverse [translation]: "4. Fuhrer Hitler announced the complete occupation of Poland at Kroll Opera House in Berlin on October 6 and stated that Germany would never surrender to Britain and France. (3 and 4 were transmitted to New York from Europe and arrived in Yokohama on October 28)."
Nisei soldier's caption: Mt. Vesuvius near Naples. After our battalion and the 442nd attached to the 84 division fought to Arno and winning a presidential citation at Varoa near Leghorn we pulled back to Naples in preparation to go to France. Joined here by 800 replacements. Since Bagnoli was close to Naples and Pompeii we ...
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