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

567 items
Citation for the commendation ribbon with metal [sic] pendant (ddr-densho-271-2)
doc Citation for the commendation ribbon with metal [sic] pendant (ddr-densho-271-2)
Notification of a U.S. army commendation for Kiwamu Tshuchida's distinguished service in Japan from May, 1952 to October, 1953.
VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 8 (ddr-densho-280-120)
doc VOXPAPA Vol. I No. 8 (ddr-densho-280-120)
Selected article titles: "World News" (p. 1), "Daily Log" (p. 1), "Sports" (p. 2), "Today's Movie" (p. 2), "The Crow's Nest" (p. 2).
The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 6 (ddr-densho-280-117)
doc The Kinkatis News Vol. I No. 6 (ddr-densho-280-117)
Selected article titles: "Armistice Day" (p. 1), "Unity of Command" (p. 1), "Views of the News" (p. 2), "Sports Round Up" (p. 3).
Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
doc Rifleman's qualification certificate (ddr-densho-72-43)
This certificate is from page of scrapbook "Scrapbook: 1946"
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
Selected article titles: "Comply with Smoking Ban at All Indoor Gatherings" (p. 1), "263 Casualties Listed from 9 Centers-WRA" (p. 2), and "Issei Volunteers to Be Accepted by U.S. Army" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
Selected article titles: "Japan Now Represented in U.S. by Swiss Govt." (pp. 1, 3), "Army Alone Determines Who Can Return--Pratt" (pp. 1-2), "Demonstration Given by Center Fire Dept." (p. 2), and "Safety Council Gives Warning" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 72 (October 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-59)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 72 (October 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-59)
"Local 7 Rejects Ousted Officials" (p. 1), Postscript to World War II: Nation's War Dead to Return Oct. 10" (p. 1), "Court Returns Greenhouses to Japanese" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 38 (June 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-26)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 38 (June 3, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-26)
"Lest We Forget : The GI's Who Didn't Come Back " (p. 1), "Hears Pleas for Claims Board Bill" (p. 1),"MISLS to Send Teams East" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 22 (March 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-189)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 22 (March 16, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-189)
"ADC Releases More Queries, Replies in Regard to Your Evacuation Claims Measure" (p. 1), "Amendment Seeks to Rid Vote Bias" (p. 1), "Chicago, Washington Hold Final Rites for Two More Nisei Combat War Heroes" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 74 (October 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-61)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 74 (October 10, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-61)
"Nisei War Dead on Second Shipment of State Servicemen Killed in Action" (p. 1), "New Local 7 Cannery Union Officers Will be Installed on Nov. 1" (p. 1), "JCCC Promises Legal Experts for Japanese" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 21 (March 3, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-92)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 21 (March 3, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-92)
"Japan-Born Youth Awarded U.S. Rights so He May Join Father, a Citizen in L.A." (p. 1), "Anti-Red Unit Favors Rights for Japanese" (p. 1), "Winnipeg Meet Will Consider JCCA Program" (p. 4), "JACL to Place Plaque on Ship Honoring Nisei" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 49 (July 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-36)
"Accept Business Permit Applications to Japan" (p. 1), "JACL Goes Ahead to Speed Plans to Honor Nisei at Arlington" (p. 1), "Commons OK's Board to Sift Ouster Losses" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 36 (May 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-24)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 36 (May 20, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-24)
"Jackson St. Area Takes to Cleanup" (p. 1), "33,330 Served in U.S. Army" (p. 1), "JACL Boasts 7000" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 62 (July 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-129)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 62 (July 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-129)
"One-Year Enlistments Commence for 18-Year-Olds at Seattle Armed Forces Recruiting Office" (pg. 1), "Canada Plans Special Body for Loss Aid" (pg. 1), "National JACL Office Candidates for 1948-1950 Term Announced; To Be Inducted at Utah Convention" (pg. 1)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 23 (June 7, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 23 (June 7, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-23)
Selected article titles: "Tribute to Nisei GIs at Arlington Dramatic" (p. 1, 4), "JACL Chapter Role in Struggle by Negroes for Equality Aired" (p. 1), "Rocky Mountain Memorial Dedicated" (pp. 1, 4), and "Sen. Fong Inserts Nisei WW2 Review in Congressional Record" (pp. 2, 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 24 (June 14, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 24 (June 14, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-24)
Selected article titles: "Chuman Musters L.A. Against Birmingham-Type Violence" (pp. 1-2), "Washington Newsletter: Commemorative Services" (pp. 1-2), "Sen. Fong Inserts Nisei WW2 Review in Congressional Record" (pp. 2-3), and "Devotion of JACLers on June 2 Com'ittee Undaunted by Rain" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 22 (May 31, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 56, No. 22 (May 31, 1963) (ddr-pc-35-22)
Selected article titles: "JACL Tribute to Nisei GIs Finalized" (pp. 1, 4), "Review of Nisei Record in WW2 Told in Senate" (pp. 1-2), "Sen. Fong Inserts Nisei WW2 Review in Congressional Record" (p. 2), and "Japanese Canadian History Manuscript Nears Final Chapter; 5 Years in Writing" (p. 3).
General MacArthur and General Wainwright (ddr-densho-299-90)
img General MacArthur and General Wainwright (ddr-densho-299-90)
Caption: "MacArthur greets Gen Wainwight [sic] after his release / From the Japanese P.O.W. Camp in Bataan."
Photo of Japanese Army artist's painting of the Death March to Bataan (ddr-densho-299-228)
img Photo of Japanese Army artist's painting of the Death March to Bataan (ddr-densho-299-228)
Caption: "Painting showing the Allied troops captured in Corregidor beginning the 'Death March to Bataan.'" Ted Akimoto noted that "during the war many large paintings were made by Japanese Army artists. Some paintings were 8 feet long. These paintings were displayed in public places in the lands that they had conquered such as Manchuria, and parts ...
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.
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