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.

World War II (66)
Military service (620)

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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

620 items
[Man in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-38)
img [Man in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-38)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing near railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_032
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-98)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye] (ddr-csujad-1-98)
A photograph of Mrs. Sumi Hattori, Mrs. Mary Kawagoye. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-31." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_024
[Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-161)
img [Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-161)
A photograph of attendees' musical performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-105." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_087
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-173)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-173)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-144." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_099
[Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-129)
img [Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-129)
A photograph of attendees in a shop. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-70." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_055
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-133)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-133)
A photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-77." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_059
[Mini-reunion, Shiro Yamamoto, Goro Inaba, Chappie Kishaba, Masato Doi] (ddr-csujad-1-88)
img [Mini-reunion, Shiro Yamamoto, Goro Inaba, Chappie Kishaba, Masato Doi] (ddr-csujad-1-88)
A photograph of Shiro Yamamoto, Goro Inaba, Chappie Kishaba, and Masato Doi. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-20." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_014
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-82)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-82)
A photograph includes Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Yayo Inaba, Wally Kagawa. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-14." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_008
[Mini-reunion, Seiya Tanaka, Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-110)
img [Mini-reunion, Seiya Tanaka, Mrs. Saimo] (ddr-csujad-1-110)
A photograph includes Seiya Tanaka and Mrs. Saimo. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-43." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_036
[Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-164)
img [Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-164)
A photograph of attendees' musical performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-106." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_090
[Mini-reunion, Goro Inaba and Mrs. Hirose] (ddr-csujad-1-83)
img [Mini-reunion, Goro Inaba and Mrs. Hirose] (ddr-csujad-1-83)
A photograph of Goro Inaba and Mrs. Hirose. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-18." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_009
[Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-119)
img [Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa] (ddr-csujad-1-119)
A photograph of Wally Kagawa playing the harmonica. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-56." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_045
[Mini-reunion, Toro Hirose] (ddr-csujad-1-106)
img [Mini-reunion, Toro Hirose] (ddr-csujad-1-106)
A photograph includes Toro Hirose. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-39." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_032
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-92)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita] (ddr-csujad-1-92)
A photograph includes Mrs. Yamashita. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-26." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_018
[Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-138)
img [Mini-reunion] (ddr-csujad-1-138)
A photograph of attendees. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-79." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_064
Community Analysis Notes, no. 1, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-84)
doc Community Analysis Notes, no. 1, January 15, 1944 (ddr-csujad-2-84)
Titled as: From a Nisei who said "No." Account by an unnamed Community Analyst at Manzanar of the "life experience and viewpoints" influencing a young man's "No" response to the Army registration form's Question 28. The account stems from the analyst's notes, reproduced verbatim, from an exchange between the young man and the Hearing Board authorized ...
[Some reactions to selective service: Tule Lake] (ddr-csujad-2-58)
doc [Some reactions to selective service: Tule Lake] (ddr-csujad-2-58)
Report on selective service reactions at Tule Lake Camp. Report discusses Japanese identity compared to American identity, especially for the Nisei, repatriation requests, and draft evasion. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0058
Letter from Usami Terada to Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Thomas, October 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-4-15)
doc Letter from Usami Terada to Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Thomas, October 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-4-15)
A letter from Usami Terada, an incarceree at the Rohwer incarceration camp, to Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Thomas in Lawndale, California. In the letter, he describes his life and the conditions of the Rohwer incarceration camp. He also describes the Japanese American soldiers visiting the camp: among the soldiers, he finds Sam Kita, one of his ...
Letter from Seiichi Okine to Masao Okine, May 3, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-79)
doc Letter from Seiichi Okine to Masao Okine, May 3, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-79)
A letter from Seiichi Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas, to his son, Masao Okine in Fort Meade, Maryland. Seiichi asks questions regarding the family allowance application. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_18_001
[Japanese American soldiers] (ddr-csujad-5-20)
img [Japanese American soldiers] (ddr-csujad-5-20)
A photograph of three Japanese American soldiers taken in Silver Springs, Florida in June 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_004
Envelope from H. Sugimoto to Mrs. Ayame Okine, July 8, [1945] (ddr-csujad-5-85)
doc Envelope from H. Sugimoto to Mrs. Ayame Okine, July 8, [1945] (ddr-csujad-5-85)
An envelope mailed from Hidematsu Henry Sugimoto in Camp Blanding, Florida, to Ayame Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_23_001
Johnny and Yo Niizawa interview (ddr-csujad-6-25)
doc Johnny and Yo Niizawa interview (ddr-csujad-6-25)
Oral history interview with Johnny and Yo Niizawa. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_NIIZAWA_JOHNNY_AND_YO
Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
doc Toshiye Hirose interview (ddr-csujad-6-7)
Oral history interview with Toshiye Hirose. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIROSE_TOSHIYE
Hiroshi Kusakai interview (ddr-csujad-6-16)
doc Hiroshi Kusakai interview (ddr-csujad-6-16)
Oral history interview with Hiroshi Kusakai. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUSAKAI_HIROSHI
George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
doc George Kiyomoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-14)
Oral history interview with George Kiyomoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIYOMOTO_GEORGE
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