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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Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-4)
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General David A. Bramlett, a keynote speaker at the reunion of Nisei veterans.
Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-2)
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This service took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-1)
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Left to right: Debbie McQuilken, Senator Daniel Inouye, and General David A. Bramlett. The two men on the left are unidentified.
Memorial service, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-8-3)
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Grandchildren of Nisei veterans of World War II stand at this memorial service, which took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Nisei veterans reunion (ddr-densho-8-5)
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This Nisei veteran reunion took place over Independence Day weekend. Shown here is keynote speaker, Four Star General Eric Shinseki.
Japanese surrender ceremony (ddr-densho-127-2)
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Two American soldiers stand at the Supreme Headquarters of the Chinese Army, location of the surrender ceremony. (L to R): Lt. Col. John Burden, Chief of Sino Translation and Interrogation Center, Grant Hirabayashi.
Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
doc Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
This certificate is from page of scrapbook "Scrapbook: 1946"
Japanese American general (ddr-densho-14-5)
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General Eric Shinseki was a keynote speaker during a banquet at a reunion of Nisei veterans.
U.S. Army general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-1)
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General David Bramlett, Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The service was part of a reunion of Nisei veterans. (Nisei veterans national convention program.)
Senator Daniel Inouye, reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-3)
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Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii speaks at the unveiling of the Brothers in Valor memorial monument, which honors Nisei soldiers.
Japanese American general at memorial service for Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-2)
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General Eric Shinseki, Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The service took place during a reunion for Nisei veterans. [Nisei veterans national convention program.]
Soldiers leaving camp (ddr-densho-39-57)
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The soldiers from in this photo appear to be leaving the Minidoka concentration camp. Minidoka had the highest percentage of Japanese American military volunteers.
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