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 (1159)

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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."
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.
Yoshioka brothers (ddr-densho-357-743)
img Yoshioka brothers (ddr-densho-357-743)
Left to right: Masaru Yoshioka, George Yoshioka, Giichi Yoshioka.
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."
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).
Yoshioka family (ddr-densho-357-783)
img Yoshioka family (ddr-densho-357-783)
Left to right: Private Giichi Yoshioka, Vernon Yoshioka, June Yoshioka.
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-739)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-739)
Handwritten caption: "Australia 1944, Mas Yoshioka."
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.
A couple at Gila River (ddr-densho-328-305)
img A couple at Gila River (ddr-densho-328-305)
Caption in album: "Ruth and Tsut[?] / Gila Camp Arkansas / 1944."
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.
Friends in Pacific Grove (ddr-densho-328-88)
img Friends in Pacific Grove (ddr-densho-328-88)
Caption in album: "Taken at Pacific Grove / Seichi, Shig, Richard."
Homecoming dinner for returning Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-162-14)
img Homecoming dinner for returning Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-162-14)
In attendance Governor Maw and LDS church president George Albert Smith. At microphone is Ben Kuroki.
Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
img Young couple (ddr-densho-252-139)
(Left to right) Cherry Chieko Okura and Minoru Tsubota. Caption on Post-it: "Minoru Tsubota. Cherry Chieko Okura. Engaged? Newly married?"
Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
img Shikie Kihara and husband (ddr-densho-252-75)
A man in a military uniform standing next to a seated woman in a kimono in front of a building. (Left to right) Unknown Shimazu and Shikie Kihara. Caption on Post-it: "Shikie Kihara w/husb., mar[ried] ? Shimazu. Her husband was 1st one to bomb Nanking."
Wayne and Hideo Kato (ddr-densho-258-87)
img Wayne and Hideo Kato (ddr-densho-258-87)
Two men, one in a military uniform, standing outside a building. Caption below: "Wayne & Hideo Kato."
Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
img Family (ddr-densho-258-97)
Family posing outside, multiple generations, with a young man in a military uniform. Caption below: "Yukio, Shiz, Hanako, & Akira Aramaki." Inscription: "Dear One-san, Love Hanako."
Soldier (ddr-densho-258-91)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-258-91)
Hideo Kato, in uniform, standing in front of a barracks. Caption above: "Hidio [sic]."
In uniform (ddr-densho-258-86)
img In uniform (ddr-densho-258-86)
Two men in military uniforms standing outside a building. Caption below: "Hideo."
Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
img Shizue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-128)
A man in a military uniform standing with his arm around a woman. Caption below: "Shizue and Yukio."
Mitsue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-126)
img Mitsue and Yukio (ddr-densho-258-126)
A woman and a man stand outside in the sun, the man in a military uniform. Caption below: "Mitsue & Yukio."
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