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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Military service (1097)

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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

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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, …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 25 (June 27, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 25 (June 27, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-25)
Edition contains Travel Section, TS 1-4, between pages 6 and 7. Selected article titles: "'Victory in Sight,' Congressmen Tell Redress Supporters" (pp. 1, 8), "JA Groups Support Navajo Cause" (pp. 1, 10), "Japanese Australian Colonies 'Discovered': Australian Relates WW2 Heroics of Nisei Divers Raiding Manila Bay" (TS 3), and "Breaking Down Barriers" (p. 10).
Private George Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-780)
img Private George Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-780)
Private George Yoshioka sits for a professional portrait in his military uniform.
Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-733)
img Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-733)
Private Masaru Yoshioka visits his parents in the camp in Topaz, Utah. Left to right: Yoni Yoshioka, Masaru Yoshioka, Tadaichi Yoshioka.
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-742)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-742)
Handwritten caption: "At Mr. Nomira's Garden, San Leandro, Masaru Yoshioka."
Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-731)
img Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-731)
Private Masaru Yoshioka visits his family in the camp in Topaz, Utah. Left to right: Tadaichi Yoshioka, George Yoshioka, Masaru Yoshioka, Yoni Yoshioka, Giichi Yoshioka, June Yoshioka, Vernon Yoshioka (front).
Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-697)
img Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-697)
Giichi Yoshioka enlisted in the United States army during World War II.
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-732)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-732)
Private Masaru Yoshioka addressed this photograph of himself in military uniform taken in the Topaz camp to, "Dearest Mom and Pop, Love Masaru."
Yoshioka brothers (ddr-densho-357-743)
img Yoshioka brothers (ddr-densho-357-743)
Left to right: Masaru Yoshioka, George Yoshioka, Giichi Yoshioka.
Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-698)
img Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-698)
Giichi Yoshioka enlisted in the United States army during World War II.
Giichi Yosihoka (ddr-densho-357-695)
img Giichi Yosihoka (ddr-densho-357-695)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Pvt Giichi Yoshioka, Feb 20, 1944 Edina, Minn."
George Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-741)
img George Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-741)
This portrait in military uniform is addressed from George, "To Ma and Pa." Handwritten caption: "In Italy, George Yoshioka."
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-737)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-737)
Private Masaru Yoshioka addressed this portrait to his parents, "Your son, Masaru." Masaru's parents, Yani and Tadaichi Yoshioka, were held in the Topaz, Utah camp.
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-739)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-739)
Handwritten caption: "Australia 1944, Mas Yoshioka."
Yoshioka family (ddr-densho-357-783)
img Yoshioka family (ddr-densho-357-783)
Left to right: Private Giichi Yoshioka, Vernon Yoshioka, June Yoshioka.
Group of children with Ben Kuroki (ddr-csujad-32-22)
img Group of children with Ben Kuroki (ddr-csujad-32-22)
Group photograph of children with Ben Kuroki in military uniform at the Minidoka incarceration camp. Photo featured on page 9 of the Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Album (csudh_ben_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ben_01_001_010_033
Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-696)
img Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-696)
Giichi Yoshioka enlisted in the United States army during World War II.
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-82)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-82)
Japanese typescript of the letter: csudh_tak_0080. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_39_001_jpn
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-81)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945, English translation (ddr-csujad-42-81)
English translation of the letter: csudh_tak_0080. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_39_001_eng
Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945 (ddr-csujad-42-80)
doc Letter from Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, May 1945 (ddr-csujad-42-80)
A letter from Tsuruno Meguro in the Heart Mountain incarceration camp to her son-in-law and daughter, Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano in the Gila River incarceration camp. She informs them that she is leaving the camp with Kumaji on Friday, May 11, and planning to rent Mr. Shimazu's house in Los Angeles, California. Her other daughters, …
Letter from George H. Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2183)
doc Letter from George H. Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2183)
Correspondence from George Hideo Nakamura regarding Nakamura's pension credits and requesting consideration for the time he was incarcerated in the Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2285
Delay enroute certificate, S.F. Form 28-4, George Hideo Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2354)
doc Delay enroute certificate, S.F. Form 28-4, George Hideo Nakamura (ddr-csujad-55-2354)
Notice regarding transportation delays and acknowledging receipt of special orders for George Hideo Nakamura. S.F. Form 28-4. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2460
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