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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Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-95)
img Camp Savage, Minnesota (ddr-csujad-25-95)
A photograph of a room of US military facilities. The photograph is probably taken in Camp Savage, Minnesota. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_037
Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-26-112)
img Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-26-112)
A man in military uniform poses in front of buildings possibly in an incarceration camp. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_076
Seated Japanese man in uniform (ddr-csujad-26-90)
img Seated Japanese man in uniform (ddr-csujad-26-90)
A Japanese American man wearing a military uniform is seated in a home. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_027
Men boy and dog (ddr-csujad-26-116)
img Men boy and dog (ddr-csujad-26-116)
Three men including a Japanese American man in uniform, Robert Billigmeier with a dog, and a small Japanese American boy pose for a group photo. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_081
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-44)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including social and cultural differences, personality conflicts, friendships, social interactions, school, dogs, memories, reflections on camp life, weather, a friend in the military visiting his parents in camp, hobbies, and opinions about other people and daily life. Each entry …
Single soldier (ddr-csujad-26-99)
img Single soldier (ddr-csujad-26-99)
A Japanese American soldier poses in front of a building in his gear and holds a rifle. Handwriting on front of photo reads, "To [Henry] and Bob, just tired 'doggie' [Vaj] Ft. Mc Clellan, Ala. 1944." Caption on back of photo reads, "If I look tired - I am or was. It was one of those …
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II (ddr-csujad-29-60)
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, …
[Portrait of a Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-226)
img [Portrait of a Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-226)
Photograph inscription: "To Mas and Mary As ever, Danca [?]." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P169
[Two photographs of Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-230)
img [Two photographs of Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-230)
The photograph on the left is presumably of a young Japanese American soldier sitting on a military vehicle. The photograph on the right presumably depicts the same soldier greeting or leaving a woman. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P173
3rd Platoon Co. B (ddr-csujad-29-264)
img 3rd Platoon Co. B (ddr-csujad-29-264)
Photograph of the 3rd Platoon,Company B- 34 Bn I.R.T.C. with 2nd Lt. Mortimer Rosenberg as the platoon leader and Sgt. Peter S. Aloisio as the platoon sergeant. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P207
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
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, …
[Boys and a soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-225)
img [Boys and a soldier] (ddr-csujad-29-225)
Photograph of a Japanese American soldier with eight boys on a ship, presumably. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P168
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral …
[Two American soldiers with elderly man] (ddr-csujad-29-229)
img [Two American soldiers with elderly man] (ddr-csujad-29-229)
Photograph of two Japanese American soldiers with older Japanese man, presumably a relative. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: P172
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
Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-37-10)
img Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-37-10)
Photograph of a man in a military uniform standing at snow covered Heart Mountain camp, Wyoming. Handwritten note on front of photograph states, "To [Elda] Johnny, and [Nike] Sincerely Shigeto." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mhf_010
Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-37-7)
img Man in military uniform (ddr-csujad-37-7)
Photograph of a man, most likely Yoshito, in a militiary uniform. Handwritten note on the front of photograph states, "To my Dear Aunt Ai-Chan." Handwritten note on back of photograph states, "Miss you a lot dear Ai-chan. Hope peace will come soon so we could all get together again forever." See this object in the California …
Sasaki family at the Jerome camp (ddr-csujad-38-275)
img Sasaki family at the Jerome camp (ddr-csujad-38-275)
Photographed is the Sasaki family incarcerated at the Jerome camp in Arkansas, including Ichiji and Shika Sasaki, and their Nisei son in the U.S. Army uniform. The photo was sent from Sally Sakaye Sasaki at the Jerome camp to Mitzi Masukawa Naohara at the Poston camp in Arizona. A photo from: Mitzi Naohara photo album (csudh_nao_0200), …
Kazumasa Sasaki (ddr-csujad-38-41)
img Kazumasa Sasaki (ddr-csujad-38-41)
A photo of Kazumasa Sasaki in U.S. military uniform. Kazumasa is the husband of George Naohara's cousin, Yoshiye Dorothy Naohara. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 11. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_11_002
Kazumasa Sasaki (ddr-csujad-38-40)
img Kazumasa Sasaki (ddr-csujad-38-40)
A photo of Kazumasa Sasaki, who married to George Naohara's cousin, Yoshiye Dorothy Naohara. The caption includes description of him, including his gambling habit. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 11. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_11_001
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, …
Naval Air Station looking east (ddr-csujad-43-265)
img Naval Air Station looking east (ddr-csujad-43-265)
Photograph number 2006 of the Naval Air Station of Terminal Island. Subject reads: Naval Air Station Terminal Island Calif. [California] Alt. [Altitude] 12000' looking east. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_05_003
Aerial view of naval drydocks (ddr-csujad-43-258)
img Aerial view of naval drydocks (ddr-csujad-43-258)
Aerial photograph number 5838 of Terminal Island, San Pedro and Long Beach. Note on the back side reads: Naval Drydocks, Terminal Island, San Pedro, California. Long Beach Entrance Channel, Retractable Pontoon Bridge, looking east toward Long Beach. Contract Noy-8012. Aerial. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_04_063_001
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