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.

Military service (567)

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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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Photograph album dedicated to Bussei soldiers in World War II (ddr-densho-328-535)
doc Photograph album dedicated to Bussei soldiers in World War II (ddr-densho-328-535)
A photograph album created by the Ogden Y.B.A. (Young Buddhists Association) chapter and dedicated to the Bussei veterans who fought in World War II.
Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-621)
img Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-621)
"Aug 11-1944, l8 f4.5 1/25 SuperpanPress D76-40' G3" as described on back, man's portrait in military uniform
Vocation Building (ddr-hmwf-1-98)
img Vocation Building (ddr-hmwf-1-98)
"Group standing in front of Vocation Building, including young military man" April 14, 1944, Super Ikonta B
Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
img Family Portrait (ddr-hmwf-1-558)
"Furumura family and visitors, 29-3-C Jan 11 1944, l19 f11 1/50 G3, PlusX DK20-50' D76-17' " as described on back
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 9 (August 29, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 47, No. 9 (August 29, 1958) (ddr-pc-30-35)
Select article titles: "JACL's Japan policy to go per-issue basis" (p. 1); "Gold Star Mother of World War II's Nisei CMH winner recall's son's heroism" (p. 2); "Text of Dr. Nishikawa's keynote address to Convention" (p.3); "Nisei must help U.S. to win cold war in Asia, urges Saund" (p ...
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.
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
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 ...
Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
doc Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
Oral history interview with Matsushige [Mats] Ando. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ando, Matsushige Mats
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 ...
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-112)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-112)
A photograph includes Mrs. Yamashita. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-46." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_038
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work and the weather in Italy. She also criticized the war and people's optimistic view. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_006
[Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
img [Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-143)
A photograph of Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-88." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_069
[Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
img [Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
Three Japanese American men, siting on railroad tracks, are pictured. A military truck is parked with piled clothes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_022
[Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-116)
img [Mini-reunion, Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-116)
A photograph of Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-50." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_042
[Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-126)
img [Mini-reunion, group photograph] (ddr-csujad-1-126)
A group photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-59." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_052
Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
doc Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
A letter regarding the order of copies of photographs taken at the 1995 mini-reunion at Las Vegas. Includes handwritten marginalia. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_005
[Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
img [Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
Two men in military uniform poses together in a military vehicle. On front of photograph, they are named:"S__" and "Deane." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_012
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work situation. She also asked Kune to disclose his location since the battle ended. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_005
[Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
img [Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
Japanese American man poses in smile, wearing a hat and sitting on chair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_015
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform were photographed. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_003
100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
doc 100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
Lists the military operations in Italy and France by 100th Infantry Battalion Combat chronologically from September 2, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_002
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