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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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

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Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee (ddr-csujad-8-59)
doc Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee (ddr-csujad-8-59)
Oral history interview with Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Omata, Mr Jiro and Lee, Mrs Tsune
Dr. Kikuo H. Taira (ddr-csujad-8-70)
doc Dr. Kikuo H. Taira (ddr-csujad-8-70)
Oral history interview with Dr. Kikuo H. Taira. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Taira, Dr Kikuo
Iwao Kodama (ddr-csujad-8-28)
doc Iwao Kodama (ddr-csujad-8-28)
A statement by Iwao Kodama. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kodama, Iwao
Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
doc Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima (ddr-csujad-8-97)
Oral history interview with Chester and Akiko Lillian Sasashima. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sasashima, Chester and Lillian
Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
doc Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
Oral history interview with Akira Yokomi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yokomi, Akira
Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto (ddr-csujad-8-90)
doc Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto (ddr-csujad-8-90)
A statement by Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Miyamoto, Mr Lou Harou
Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
doc Matsushige Mats Ando (ddr-csujad-8-2)
Oral history interview with Matsushige [Mats] Ando. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ando, Matsushige Mats
Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
doc Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
Oral history interview with Sadame Yamada. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yamada, Sadame
Harley Mitsugi Nakamura (ddr-csujad-8-50)
doc Harley Mitsugi Nakamura (ddr-csujad-8-50)
Oral history interview with Harley Mitsugi Nakamura. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Nakamura, Harley Mitsugi
Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
doc Teruye Ogawa (ddr-csujad-8-55)
Oral history interview with Teruye [Terue] Ogawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Ogawa, Teruye
Soldier in the Snow (ddr-csujad-13-26)
img Soldier in the Snow (ddr-csujad-13-26)
A soldier in uniform poses next to a vehicle in the snow. The caption on front of photograph reads, "11/15/42 Cresent [Crescent] Lake Oregon Conklin." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_021
Soldiers and Incarcerees (ddr-csujad-13-2)
img Soldiers and Incarcerees (ddr-csujad-13-2)
In this photo, two soldiers holding guns are seen surrounding at least one incarceree as well as a man who appears to be addressed as a chef or kitchen worker. The caption on back of photograph reads, "Major [illegible] + social worker during disturbance in Jap area. [illegible]2 armed E.M.E. [illegible] standing by for possible difficulty." …
Three Men (ddr-csujad-13-27)
img Three Men (ddr-csujad-13-27)
Three men dressed in what appear to be military uniforms are photographed together. The caption on back of photograph reads, "Rogers Beeson Ford." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_022
Soldier on Guard (ddr-csujad-13-18)
img Soldier on Guard (ddr-csujad-13-18)
A soldier stands with his back to the photographer. He is holding a gun and appears to be on guard. The caption on back of photograph reads, "Tulelake Calif. E.M.E.___ gun guarding Jap [disloyal] who threatened loyal family (his) ____ they left him." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Man in the Snow (ddr-csujad-13-30)
img Man in the Snow (ddr-csujad-13-30)
A man in military uniform is photographed in the now. It is unclear exactly which month this photograph was taken as the caption on front of photograph reads, "January 1943" and the caption on back of photograph reads, "Sgt. Mallman 2/1/43." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_025
Men in Military Vehicle (ddr-csujad-13-4)
img Men in Military Vehicle (ddr-csujad-13-4)
Three men in military uniform are pictured in a military vehicle. The caption on back of photograph reads, "H.J.W. Manning 30 caliber gun on mounted car (armored) patrolling Jap streets during disturbance during Nov 43 at Tulelake Calif Capt. sitting in background." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_031
Caravan of Military Vehicles (ddr-csujad-13-22)
img Caravan of Military Vehicles (ddr-csujad-13-22)
This photograph depicts a caravan of military vehicles and men. The caption on front of photograph reads, "Parked for Lunch Nov 43." As indicated by the photographs in items csudh_tul_0020 and csudh_tul_021, these men are on their way to the Tule Lake incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Soldiers and Military Vehicles (ddr-csujad-13-20)
img Soldiers and Military Vehicles (ddr-csujad-13-20)
A group of soldiers stand together next to military vehicles. As the caption on front of photograph explains, they are, "On way to Tullelake Nov. 43." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_015
Man Outside First Sergeant Building (ddr-csujad-13-31)
img Man Outside First Sergeant Building (ddr-csujad-13-31)
A slightly blurry photo of a man in uniform standing outside a building with a "1st Sgt" sign. The caption on back of photograph reads, "Cpt. Seitz 2/1/43" See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tul_01_01_026
Story of the
doc Story of the "No/No-No/Yes" Soldiers of the 1800 General Service Battalion, U.S. Army (ddr-csujad-24-69)
In this document Cedrick M. Shimo describes the Army unit during World War II that was made up of Americans of Japanese, German, and Italian descent, who were considered "suspect." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_003
Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
doc Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
A letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn about an article in Nichi Bei by Nisei veteran Eji Suyama. Koshiyama praises Suyama for writing that the Nisei veterans were used by the US government. Koshiyama agrees with this point, but argues that a resister like himself cannot make it in public without being criticized by the …
Letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-208)
doc Letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-208)
A letter from Robert J. Walsh Jr., Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Office, Department of the Army, to Michi Weglyn. The letter is a response to Weglyn's 1988 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), regarding records on the Japanese American Citizenship League (JACL). See this object in the California State …
Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
doc Letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen (ddr-csujad-24-92)
A letter from Eji Suyama to Pacific Citizen regarding the exclusion of Nisei from universities in the United States during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_07_009
Letter from Ced [Cedrick Shimo] and Milli to Michi Weglyn, November 3, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-85)
doc Letter from Ced [Cedrick Shimo] and Milli to Michi Weglyn, November 3, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-85)
A letter from Cedrick and Milli Shimo to Michi Weglyn in which they talk about the the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They also describe a reunion of survivors of the German concentration camp Dachau, and refer to a speaker at the event that talked about the treatment of African American soldiers during Word …
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