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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Nisei soldier digging a trench (ddr-densho-114-47)
img Nisei soldier digging a trench (ddr-densho-114-47)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. Pvt. Fred (Angel) Ogata, Pahala, Hawaii, digs a slit trench. He is Japanese in the U.S. Army. 1943.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-114-112)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-114-112)
Original caption: Tommy Teraji of Los Angeles, Co. A of the 62nd Inf. Trng. Bn. is being thrown by Akira F. Shibukawa, Seattle, Washington, Co. A of the 62nd Inf. Trng. Bn., who is very well-trained in jujitsu. Camp Robsinson, Arkansas, February 19, 1942.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-106)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-106)
Original caption: Pvt. Kazuo Mori, Co. C, 9th Inf., receives a check in payment of first prize money for winning a cartoon contest conducted by "The Spearhead", 2nd. Division weekly, from 1st. Lt. Daniel Webster, Company Commander, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, Jan. 3, 1942.
Nisei soldiers moving towards battle (ddr-densho-114-81)
img Nisei soldiers moving towards battle (ddr-densho-114-81)
Original caption: Orciano Area, Italy. 2nd Lt. Masanao Otake of Lahaina, Maui (Hawaii), who was commissioned in Battle, leads his platoon from the town of Orciano into an attack pressing toward Leghorn. U.S. Fifth Army. 15 July 1944.
Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-18)
img Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-114-18)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. S/Sgt. Wallace Maeda, supply sergeant of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment. Sergeant Maeda, a Japanese in the U.S. Army, served two years in the U.S. Army before Pearl Harbor. 1943.
Infantry training (ddr-densho-114-177)
img Infantry training (ddr-densho-114-177)
Original caption: Yoshio Tamura of Los Angeles, California is one of the first trainees to arrive at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Infantry Replacement Training Center. He is being welcomed by Lt. Col. J.P. Gammon, Commander of the 66th Infantry Training Battalion, 14th Regiment, as the other trainees look on. February 2, 1942.
Combat training (ddr-densho-114-73)
img Combat training (ddr-densho-114-73)
Original caption: Italy. Men of the Japanese-American Squad of soldiers doing correctly in using natural foliage, take a position behind the embankment, in mock maneuvers prepartory to real fighting against the Germans. 12 Oct 1943.
Nisei soldiers eating (ddr-densho-114-44)
img Nisei soldiers eating (ddr-densho-114-44)
Original caption: North Africa Theater. Japanese soldiers in the U.S. Army, are eating chow in the field, using a pan for a stove, L to R: Capt. Victor J. Bonin, Lowell, Mass., and Hilo, Hawaii; Pfc. Morio Kidani, Honolulu; and Pfc. Yasuo Takenouchi, Kapaa, Kauai. 1943.
Soldier outside a theater (ddr-densho-91-11)
img Soldier outside a theater (ddr-densho-91-11)
Camp Kaiserslatten in Southern Germany near Landstool Airbase.
Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
img Three soldiers (ddr-densho-91-12)
(L to R): Ogle, Vince Lapietra, Art Shibayama.
Army detachment (ddr-densho-91-13)
img Army detachment (ddr-densho-91-13)
Members of Art Shibayama's detachment's baseball team.
Thank you letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from the American Legion (ddr-densho-319-590)
doc Thank you letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy from the American Legion (ddr-densho-319-590)
A letter from the American Legion Wallace Simpson Post No. 29 to T.K. Pharmacy thanking them for donating a case of soda.
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-742)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-742)
Handwritten caption: "At Mr. Nomira's Garden, San Leandro, Masaru Yoshioka."
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.
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 Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-697)
img Giichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-697)
Giichi Yoshioka enlisted in the United States army during World War II.
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