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Inscription, Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-4)
img Inscription, Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-4)
The Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument honors Nisei soldiers who served during World War II.
Elsa Kudo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-388)
vh Elsa Kudo Interview (ddr-densho-1000-388)
Sansei female. Born September 29, 1936, in Canete, Peru. Grew up in Peru where parents ran a successful store. During World War II, father was arrested by the FBI and removed from the family. Elsa and her mother and siblings were deported from Peru and taken by ship to the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, and …
Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-243)
vh Muriel Chiyo Tanaka Onishi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-243)
Nisei female. Born March 6, 1921, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo, where parents were Japanese language school teachers. In 1939, moved to Japan to obtain medical treatment, and attended school there. During World War II, was conscripted into the Japanese military and worked as an interpreter, translating U.S. radio transmissions for General Headquarters in …
Susumu Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-29)
vh Susumu Ito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-29)
Nisei male. Born July 27, 1919, in Stockton, California. Emeritus professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School. During World War II, was second lieutenant, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In his interview, he discusses his memories of serving in the 442nd and some of the more psychological aspects of combat.

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Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
vh Izumi Hirano Interview (ddr-densho-1000-317)
Kibei male. Born February 25, 1929, in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of four, moved to Japan, where family operated a farm. Attended school in Japan during World War II. Was in school in Hiroshima when the United States dropped the atomic bomb in 1945. Survived the bombing along with mother and brother. In 1949, returned …
Paul Yempuku Interview (ddr-densho-1000-247)
vh Paul Yempuku Interview (ddr-densho-1000-247)
Kibei male. Born January 5, 1927, in Kahuku, Hawaii. Moved to Japan with family at age six, and attended school in Japan. Worked in a naval base in Japan during World War II, taking part in air raids and bombings by U.S. forces. Attended college in Japan before returning to Hawaii after the war. Worked for …
Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-90)
vh Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-90)
Nisei male of Japanese and Scottish descent. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, 1924. Volunteered and served in the all Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Headquarter's Company, Second Battalion's Anti-tank Platoon. Returned to Hawaii following the war where he attended the University of Hawaii, and later worked for the municipal government. Active in the 442nd Veterans Club …
Nobuko Miyake-Stoner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-242)
vh Nobuko Miyake-Stoner Interview (ddr-densho-1000-242)
Japanese female. Born Feburary 10, 1952, in Hiroshima, Japan. Descendant of survivors of the atomic bombing in 1945. Father was a kamikaze pilot during World War II who was unable to fulfill his mission due to the war's end. Nobuko attended the Hiroshima Jogakuin, a missionary school established for young women. Graduated with an M.A. in …
Toshio Moritsugu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-318)
vh Toshio Moritsugu Interview (ddr-densho-1000-318)
Nisei male. Born April 2, 1925, in Heeia, Hawaii. Grew up in a village called Fish Camp, where father was a fisherman. Witnessed Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Father was picked up and detained by the FBI at the Sand Island internment camp, Hawaii. After the war, earned a PhD in chemistry …
Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
This interview centers on these individuals' military service during WWII as members of I Company, part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American fighting unit and one of the most highly decorated military units in U.S. history. During this interview they discuss their experiences training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and fighting in Europe during …
Masamizu Kitajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-287)
vh Masamizu Kitajima Interview (ddr-densho-1000-287)
Nisei male. Born August 1, 1933, in Ookala, Hawaii. At a young age, sent to Japan to live with grandfather and begin ministry training, but returned to the U.S. just before the onset of World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father, a prominent Buddhist minister, was picked up and arrested by the FBI. …
Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
vh Fred Matsumura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-46)
Nisei male, born April 14, 1923, on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit as a Sergeant and Assistant Squad Leader. Later, he and three others in his unit had their rank reduced to Private after being court-martialed for alleged involvement …
Maurice H. Yamasato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-396)
vh Maurice H. Yamasato Interview (ddr-densho-1000-396)
Nisei male. Born June 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. Parents had originally immigrated to Peru from Okinawa, Japan. During World War II, removed with family to Crystal City internment camp, Texas. After leaving Crystal City, moved to Kauai, Hawaii. Established a successful career as an architect.

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Jane Komeiji Interview (ddr-densho-1000-406)
vh Jane Komeiji Interview (ddr-densho-1000-406)
Nisei female. Born July 7, 1925, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in the community of Aala, a vibrant neighborhood of Japanese American businesses, where family ran a dry goods store. Established a career in education, and became involved in various community organizations.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of …

Catherine Embree Harris Interview (ddr-densho-1000-315)
vh Catherine Embree Harris Interview (ddr-densho-1000-315)
White female. Born October 30, 1919. Grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, before World War II. After college, took a job with the Office of Indian Affairs, and went to work at the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After the war, continued to work for the War Relocation Authority and then other agencies.

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Louise Kashino - Sadaichi Kubota - Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-32)
vh Louise Kashino - Sadaichi Kubota - Bill Thompson Interview (ddr-densho-1000-32)
In this interview, three Nisei, Louise Kashino, Sadaichi Kubota, and Bill Thompson, discuss their postwar efforts to get Louise Kashino's husband's wartime court-martial conviction vacated. Sadaichi Kubota and Bill Thompson served with Shiro Kashino in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

(This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, …

Helene J. Minehira Interview (ddr-densho-1000-319)
vh Helene J. Minehira Interview (ddr-densho-1000-319)
Nisei female. Born April 30, 1925, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Just before World War II, moved with family to the Ewa Beach area of Oahu, near Pearl Harbor. Witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Because of proximity to the harbor, family was forced to evacuate their home in Ewa Beach and had …
Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-105)
vh Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-105)
Nisei male. Born 1923 on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii. Volunteered for military service shortly after graduating from High School. Served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Unit in a mortar platoon during World War II. (The 442 was an entirely Asian American segregated fighting unit.) After the war, he lived on the U.S. mainland for many …
Ted Tsukiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-404)
vh Ted Tsukiyama Interview (ddr-densho-1000-404)
Nisei male. Born December 13, 1920, in Honolulu, Hawaii. During World War II, was a member of the Varsity Victory Volunteers, then served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. Following military service, graduated from Yale Law School and became an attorney in Hawaii. Active in community and veterans organizations.

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Edward K. Honda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-244)
vh Edward K. Honda Interview (ddr-densho-1000-244)
Sansei male. Born July 7, 1945, in the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Parents were from Hawaii, but father was picked up by the FBI following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and mother went to rejoin him on the mainland. After leaving camp, lived briefly in New York City before returning to Hawaii, where parents separated. …
Hitoshi
vh Hitoshi "Hank" Naito Interview (ddr-densho-1000-286)
Nisei male. Born April 20, 1926, in San Diego, California. Grew up in Terminal Island, California, where father was a fisherman. During World War II, removed with family to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Family was transferred to Tule Lake in response to father's answers on the so-called …
Genro Kashiwa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-395)
vh Genro Kashiwa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-395)
Nisei male. Born April 27, 1923, in Waialua, Hawaii. Grew up in Hawaii, where father was a Buddhist priest. During World War II, served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in France and Italy. After the war, went to law school and eventually returned to Hawaii.

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant …

Yutaka Inokuchi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-320)
vh Yutaka Inokuchi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-320)
Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Grew up on the Waipahu sugar plantation where parents worked. Was attending Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Father was picked up by the FBI and eventually interned in the Honouliuli POW camp. Mr. Inokuchi got a job in the …
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-92)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-92)
Nisei male. Born July 7, 1925, near San Jose. Grew up in Salinas, California, until he went to Japan at the age of thirteen. Studied in Japan until about 1939. Incarcerated at the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Volunteered out of camp to serve in the U.S. military. Fought in Europe as …
Shizue Irei Interview (ddr-densho-1000-407)
vh Shizue Irei Interview (ddr-densho-1000-407)
Issei female. Born November 28, 1932, in Okinawa, Japan. Grew up in Japan where parents ran a farm. During World War II, when the Allied forces landed in Okinawa, fled home village with a large group and hid in the jungle. After the war, returned home, married, and eventually moved to Hawaii.

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