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)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
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

567 items
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses in smile outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_031
[Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-160)
img [Mini-reunion, musical performance] (ddr-csujad-1-160)
A photograph of attendees' musical performance. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-102." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_086
[Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
img [Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
Four Japanese American men are photographed. One of them is trimming another man's hair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_020
[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, 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, 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, Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-118)
img [Mini-reunion, Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto] (ddr-csujad-1-118)
A photograph of Wally Kagawa and Henry Y. Ikemoto. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101095-51." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_044
[Mini-reunion, Colonel Fincil] (ddr-csujad-1-154)
img [Mini-reunion, Colonel Fincil] (ddr-csujad-1-154)
A photograph of Colonel Fincil and his wife, 34th Division. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-95." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_080
[Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-170)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-170)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-138." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_096
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform pose together. One sits on a military vehicle and the other stands next to it. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_008
[Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-34)
img [Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-34)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses next to a military vehicle. On front of photograph, there is handwritten inscription. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_028
[Mini-reunion, attendees at table] (ddr-csujad-1-144)
img [Mini-reunion, attendees at table] (ddr-csujad-1-144)
A photograph of attendees at table. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-86." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_070
[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_026
[Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
img [Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
A Japanese American man looks out from a winder of a building. On front of photograph, he is named Neil. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_027
[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, room] (ddr-csujad-1-176)
img [Mini-reunion, room] (ddr-csujad-1-176)
A photograph of attendees in a hotel room. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101295-145." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_102
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
Two men in military uniform pose together outside. One stands and the other sits on a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_018
[Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Kuni Hisatomi] (ddr-csujad-1-81)
img [Mini-reunion, Mrs. Yamashita, Kuni Hisatomi] (ddr-csujad-1-81)
Includes Mrs. Yamashita and Kuni Hisatomi. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "100995-12." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_007
[Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-128)
img [Mini-reunion, shop] (ddr-csujad-1-128)
A photograph of attendees in a shop. Recorded number on the back side of the photograph: "101195-67." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_054
Report on Heart Mountain to Tule Lake transfer Sam Horino, leader of movement to challenge Selective Service for incarcerated Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-2-45)
doc Report on Heart Mountain to Tule Lake transfer Sam Horino, leader of movement to challenge Selective Service for incarcerated Japanese Americans (ddr-csujad-2-45)
Informational report to Willard Schmidt about Sam Horino, an incarceree transferred from Heart Mountain Camp to Tule Lake Camp. Horino was accused of protesting the Selective Service program for incarcerated Japanese Americans and creating bulletins he posted throughout Heart Mountain Camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0045
[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
[Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
img [Japanese American soldier] (ddr-csujad-5-21)
A photograph of a Japanese American soldier taken at a parade ground at Camp Blanding, Florida. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_05_005
Letter from Corine Key, Relocation Adviser, Rohwer Relocation Center, to Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director, November 1, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-97)
doc Letter from Corine Key, Relocation Adviser, Rohwer Relocation Center, to Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director, November 1, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-97)
A letter from Corine Key, Relocation Advisor at the Rohwer incarceration camp to Federal Federal Public Housing Authority Project Director in Long Beach, California. It certifies that the Okines are eligible for federal housing on the basis of their sons' service with the U.S. Army. Enclosed with other items: csudh_oki_0099, csudh_oki_0100, and csudh_oki_0101. See this object ...
[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
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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