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.

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Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
vh Spark M. Matsunaga Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1007-3-1)
The challenges faced by Nisei soldiers

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An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, …
David Sakura Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-498-12)
vh David Sakura Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-498-12)
Becoming "head of the family" at age seven when father volunteered for the army
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 30 (April 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-197)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 30 (April 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-197)
"Japanese Government Ready to Purchase Farm Lands Owned by People in Other Countries" (p. 1), "House Approves Claims Fund" (p. 1), "JACL ADC Will Take Strong Stand to Fight Segregation in Army" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 44 (May 22, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-112)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 44 (May 22, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-112)
"JACL-ADC Seeks VFW Endorsement of H.R. 5004, Measure Favoring Naturalization for U.S. Issei" (p. 1), "Three Named to Unit to Adjust Differences on H.R. 3566" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
"Nisei Seeks U.S. Rights, Files Suit" (p. 1), "Last Rites for Sgt. John Hashimoto Will be on Saturday, Dec. 18" (p. 1), "JACL Will Distribute Claims Forms Dec. 17" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 28 (March 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-98)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 28 (March 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-98)
"Nisei War Memorial Committee Awaits Fund Report from Tacoma; $9,053.65 Total as of March 25" (p. 1), "Two Nisei GI's Die in Crash of C-47 Plane" (p. 1), "Cannery Leaders Begin Talks" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 38 (June 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-26)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 38 (June 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-26)
"Lest We Forget : The GI's Who Didn't Come Back " (p. 1), "Hears Pleas for Claims Board Bill" (p. 1),"MISLS to Send Teams East" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 47 (July 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-35)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 47 (July 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-35)
"Fights Use of Japanese in Job Classification" (p. 1), "ADC Receives New Version of H.R. 3999" (p. 1), "NVC Supports Measure on Citizenship" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 24 (March 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-94)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 24 (March 13, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-94)
"Center Blaze Sufferers Get Loss Claims" (p. 1), "Nisei War Memorial Army Raises $1,623 Here" (p. 1), "Union Membership Sought for Issei" (p. 2), "Fights Seizure of Alien's Land for War Claims" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 40 (May 8, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-108)
"Senate Unit Favors Bills with Riders" (p. 1), "26 Nisei GI Dead Due Home" (p. 1),
Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
img Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
(Left to right) Cherry Chieko Okura and Minoru Tsubota. Caption on Post-it: "Minoru Tsubota. Cherry Chieko Okura. Engaged? Newly married?"
Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
img Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
A man in a military uniform standing next to a seated woman in a kimono in front of a building. (Left to right) Unknown Shimazu and Shikie Kihara. Caption on Post-it: "Shikie Kihara w/husb., mar[ried] ? Shimazu. Her husband was 1st one to bomb Nanking."
Letter from Martha Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-26)
doc Letter from Martha Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-26)
Martha Morooka writes to Violet Sell about health issues, her job, unhappiness in Gila River that boys are being recruited for military service but were denied to opportunity before being incarcerated, other prejudices, and more.
Letter from Amy Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-20)
doc Letter from Amy Morooka to Violet Sell (ddr-densho-457-20)
Amy Morooka writes to Violet Sell about church happenings, updates on friends and family, Nisei men leaving for the Army Language School, rumors that Gila River will be turned into a camp for disabled soldiers, and more.
James Komoto, Pvt. Narita, and the gang (ddr-densho-463-127)
img James Komoto, Pvt. Narita, and the gang (ddr-densho-463-127)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: The Gang, P.S. "Guess it wasn't the cigs must be something good, Probably Commissary oranges."
Herb Endo in military uniform (ddr-densho-463-67)
img Herb Endo in military uniform (ddr-densho-463-67)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Herb Endo, Taken at the deport [depot] at the end of his furlough, Feb. 1945.
Harry Taketa in military uniform (ddr-densho-463-68)
img Harry Taketa in military uniform (ddr-densho-463-68)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Harry Taketa, Taken at the depot at the end of his furlough, Feb. 1945.
George and Pvt. Narita (ddr-densho-463-126)
img George and Pvt. Narita (ddr-densho-463-126)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Geo [likely George Komoto] And Pvt. Narita, "Blank, move the camera."
Solider at Camp Blanding (ddr-densho-463-55)
img Solider at Camp Blanding (ddr-densho-463-55)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Taken at Camp Blanding while taken [sic] his Basic training, 1944.
Pvt. Bill Kobayashi standing outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-24)
img Pvt. Bill Kobayashi standing outside barracks (ddr-densho-463-24)
Written beside photograph on scrapbook page: Bill, Taken in Dec. 1944 while he was awaiting in [sic] induction notice.
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