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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The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 41 (June 13, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-29)
"House Unit Hears Masaoka's Plea for National FEPC Legislation" (p. 1), "H.R. 3771 Asks U.S. Citizenship for Alien Parents of GI's, Vets" (p. 1), "Equal Rights for Nisei in Trade Sought" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 55 (June 30, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-123)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 55 (June 30, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-123)
"8,000 Nisei Included in Bracket Eligible for Coming U.S. Draft, WRA's 1940 Figures Disclose" (pg. 1), "5,000 Nisei Stranded in Japan Reportedly Lost Citizenship" (pg. 1), "Noted Sociologist Blames Political Pressure in B.C. as Chief Reason for Anti-Japanese Laws in Canada" (pg. 2)
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)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 20 (March 18, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-7)
"Fort Denies GI's in Town Saturday Night" (p. 1), "Pay Differences Peril Continuance of Salmon Industry" (p. 1), "Most Japanese Unaffected by Deportation Rule" (p. 2)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 87 (October 20, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-149)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 87 (October 20, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-149)
"JACL Leaders Tell Claims Forms Plans" (p. 1), "Replies on Evacuation Claims Bill" (p. 4), "Chick Expert Off on World Tour" (p. 4).
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. 1 No. 27 (April 11,1947) (ddr-densho-229-13)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 27 (April 11,1947) (ddr-densho-229-13)
"Presidio School Graduates 28, Smallest in History of MISLS" (p. 1), "MP's Return from Easter Holidays, Ponder Canada's Omnibus Bill" (p. 1) "Vets Open Tavern on Jackson St." (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 35 (April 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-202)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 35 (April 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-202)
"JACL ADC Urges "Positive Action' to End All Segregation in Army" (p. 1), "We're Over Top in ADC Drive, Treasurer Says" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 37 (April 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-105)
"Acheson, Wirin Challenge Validity of Wartime Rider to Calif. Measure Denying Japanese Fishing License" (p. 1), "B.C. Regime to Lift Job Ban but No Franchise Reported Yet" (p. 1), "Gen. Clark and McCloy Endorse Judd's Naturalization Measure" (p. 5), "State Department Opens Way for Boom in Asia" (p. 5).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 27 (March 24, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-97)
"Nisei War Memorial Drive Keeps on Rolling Along" (p. 1), "Top Court in Nation to Rule on Validity of Calif. Fish Code Barring "Ineligible Aliens" (p. 1), "Money to Fight Nisei Revealed" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 76 (October 17, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-63)
"First Nisei War Dead to Arrive Late in 1948, JACL is Informed" (p. 1), "Canadian Property Owners Agree to Evacuation Loss Terms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 22 (March 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-93)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 22 (March 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-93)
"Nisei War Memorial Fund Campaign Starts on Tuesday" (p. 1), "Masaoka Backs Vets Resolutions for Low-Cost Housing Bill" (p. 1), "Renaming of Ship for Nisei Hero Postponed Week in Brooklyn" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 83 (October 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-145)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 83 (October 6, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-145)
"Army Return of GI Dead Hits Peak" (pg. 1), "Official U.S. Printed Forms For Use in Filing Evacuation Claims Due About October 15" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 93 (November 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-154)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 93 (November 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-154)
"Board to Hear All Claims" (p. 1), "Two Seattle Nisei War Dead To Be Laid to Rest Nov. 20. Thirteen More Due in U.S." (p.1), "Claims Queries and Replies" (p. 2)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 8 (January 26, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-175)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 8 (January 26, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-175)
"OK of Promotions for Two Nisei Vets Will be Considered by Senators" (p. 1), "Evacuation Claims Queries Answered Through Courtesy of JACL-ADC" (p. 1), "Area Homewomen Offered Courses at YWCA; Classes Start Feb. 7" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 66 (August 16, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-235)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 66 (August 16, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-235)
"Walter Gets Bid to Join JACL Confab" (p. 1), "International Carnival" (p. 1), "President Inks More Measures" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 72 (August 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-134)
"One of These Pretty Girls Will Be "Miss JACL' of 1948. Nine Girls Seek JACL Queen Title" (pg. 1), "Gov. Maw of Utah Will Join in National JACL Conclave" (pg. 1), "New Names Delay Renunciant Cases. Extension Granted" (pg. 2), "MacArthur Aide Sure Nisei GI Shortened War in Pacific" (pg. 4)
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 18 (February 25, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-90)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 18 (February 25, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-90)
"Valley Units Form Puyallup JACL Chapter" (pg. 1), "Renaming Rites for Munemori Ship Set for March 5 in New York" (pg. 3)
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 67 (August 19, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-236)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 67 (August 19, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-236)
"Technical Move Stalls Action on Walter Bill" (p. 1), "House Version of Soldier Brides Act is Sent to President for Signature" (p. 1), "Japan Extends Farming Land Disposal Date" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 42 (May 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-110)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 42 (May 15, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-110)
"Community to Pay Respects to Northwest Nisei GI Dead at First Methodist, June 26" (p. 1), "Registration Measure Goes Before House" (p. 1), "Senate Sends Citizenship Bill Back to House for Rider Action" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 44 (June 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-32)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 44 (June 24, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-32)
"Nisei Veterans as Civies Face Job Bias, Masaoka Declares" (p. 1), "Inquiries on Marrying Japanese Girls Swamp Army Headquarters in Tokyo" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 47 (June 2, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-115)
"Flood Hits 104 Japanese Families in Vanport City" (p. 1), "JACL-ADC Points to Early Action on Evacuation Claims Measure" (p. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 86 (November 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-73)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 86 (November 21, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-73)
"80th Congress to Consider Naturalization Measure. Celler Bill to Open U.S. Citizenship to Alien Japanese" (p. 1), "Masaoka Returns to Wash. D.C. After West Tour" (p. 1), "Wreath Placed at Arlington" (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. 2 No. 50 (June 12, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-118)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 50 (June 12, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-118)
"Defeat Mundt "Anti-Red' Bill, Nisei for Wallace Group Urges" (pg. 1), "Japan to Honor Famed Dog" (pg. 1), "Two Nisei GI's Buried at Arlington With Full U.S. Military Honors" (pg. 2)
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