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Vmail written from Hawaii to Camp Savage, Minnesota.

Yamamoto discusses his family and overviews his childhood. He details about a trip he took to China and Japan. Yamamoto also discusses religion, experiences with discrimination, and his parents reaction to enlisting into the Army.

Nishihara discusses what it was like growing up in Maui. He details about joining the Hawaiian National Guard and his experiences while in the National Guard. Nishihara also discusses the journey to becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion.

Arisumi describes more stories about anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, more information about mines, close calls from mine detonations, and "Blackie" Shimashita. In addition, he remembers bangalore torpedoes, clearing minefields and roadblocks,…

Katayama discusses a number a photographs and the stories connected to the photographs. He gives an overview of his military history.

Katayama discusses his family and what it was like growing up in Ogden, Utah. He details about how he volunteered for the army and his experiences while in the service. Katayama also discusses he experiences post-war.
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Two Japanese American men in uniform. Japanese American soldier posing with rifle, the phrase "Whose afraid of the big bad wolf? - Herbie" is written in blue ink.
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Two photographs of statue of Robert E. Lee. Photograph of a Japanese American soldier. Two photographs of city streets.
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Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois. Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota. Japanese American soldiers at a circus or fair.
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Four photographs of Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.
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Japanese American soldiers visiting Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Two photographs of Japanese American soldiers visiting Loyola University in New Orleans. Two photographs of Japanese American soldiers visiting Tulane University in New Orleans and attending the Sugar Bowl.
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Five photographs of individual Japanese American soldiers traveling. "Herbie in City Park," "A Wolf on the Loose," "Shiro n' 'Stonewall'," "Sus on Caval St.," and "Kato at the Art Museum," written in blue ink.
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Five photographs of Japanese American soldiers. The bottom two pictures are identical: "Ol' Beanie" is written in ink on one, "G.I. Jerk" is written on the other.
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Japanese American children dressed as soldiers. Japanese American soldiers marching. Group of men and women having a picnic.
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Two photographs of officers and/or non-commissioned officers. Tsukiyama in a military truck. Several officers and civilian officials addressing a crowd.
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Three photographs of Caucasian and Japanese American servicemen and civilians.
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Single photograph of soldier on motorcycle]
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Three Japanese American men. Caucasian American soldier, with tow women in background (from behind). Group of young Asian people with seated Caucasian American soldiers.
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Photograph of several men on a military truck. Photograph of several men resting by a field. Photograph of a man working in a field. Photograph several people in a field, partially obscured by the frame of a building.
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Two photographs of Tsukiyama and colleagues in a river or canal. Several men on military truck. Six men on a porch. Six men seated at a table.
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Six loose photographs not on page. Photograph 44A: Six Caucasian enlisted men. 44B: Tsukiyama in Varsity Victory Volunteer uniform. 44C: Japanese American man in uniform, with the rank of Captain. 44D: Caucasian man in uniform. 44E: Tsukiyama…
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Two photographs of Tsukiyama sitting in a military truck. Photograph of Caucasian man leaning against the side of a building. Photograph of a Caucasian man on a motorcycle.
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One photograph of two Japanese American men in front of a building. Two photographs of men in front of barracks. Photograph of three Japanese American men holding a "Bond a month club" poster.
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Four photographs of unidentified Caucasian and Japanese American men in uniform.
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Varsity Victory Volunteer certificate.
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Two photographs of Tsukiyama posing in uniform. Two unit photographs.
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One unit photograph, Tsukiyama posing with pistol, Tsukiyama in Class A uniform.
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Three photographs of military unit.
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Facsimile of page 28.
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Discharge certificate from the Hawaii Territorial Guard.
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Japanese American couple leaning against railing, likely Tsukiyama. Japanese American woman seated in front of window. Japanese American couple standing in front of railing. Soldiers marching in formation, holding weapons.

Tanakatsubo discusses what it was like growing up being Japanese American living in California. He details how he ended up in MIS and his mindset along the way. Tanakatsubo also discusses his experiences on the Aleutian Islands. He reflects on the…

Mrs. Kato was raised on a farm in Nebraska and describes her early childhood growing up in the rural community of North Platte. Mrs. Kato volunteered to join the Women's Army Corps following the attack on Pearl Harbor, where she served with the…

Mr. Estes describes his combat wound and his return trip home at the war's end. Mr. Estes discusses his career after the war and talks about his family, including what he has shared with his children and grandchildren about his military service.…

Mr. Estes describes his life growing up in rural Georgia and his decision to join the military following the Pearl Harbor attack. Assigned as a mortarman, Estes moved up the ranks eventually becoming platoon sergeant. Estes was part of the Lost…

This interview segment records color photographs taken of Mitsuo Tominaga's squad during WWII in southern France, and a number of certificates that he possesses.

Seiki Tamae describes a number of pictures taken during his time in military service.
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Henry Kondo (right) pictured standing with Mr. Higuchi (left) and Mr. Metoki (middle) on deck of a ship.

Mr. Black discusses values that his parents taught him that helped him throughout his life. He also talks about what his father told him before leaving for military service and his own similar messages for his sons when they left. Mr. Black concludes…

Mr. Black briefly talks about his illnesses which led to his evacuation to the United States and his subsequent discharge from the Army. He next describes his life after his military service, including attending college and his career in the trucking…

Mr. Black talks about his trip across the Atlantic, where he landed in North Africa and was eventually deployed to Salerno, Italy. Assigned as a forward observer, Mr. Black saw his first action at the Battle of Monte Cassino and described his various…

In this brief segment, Mr. Black talks about his trip across the Atlantic Ocean on the troop ship, the USS Breckinridge. He discusses his duties on the ship and describes the voyage to North Africa.

Mr. Black discusses his childhood growing up in southern California and his involvement with the Methodist church and orchestra. Mr. Black recounts his hearing the news of the Pearl Harbor attack and how he viewed Japanese-Americans at that time.…

Araki begins the interview with a short introduction and speaking about his time at the Japanese language school. Being born in Sacramento and then moving to Hawaii, he had a different type of upbringing than most kids in Hawaii. The kids would call…

Riess discusses his free time in Japan and how his time in Japan helped his future career path. Next, he talks about visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs and how manufacturing in Japan took off after the war for companies like Honda…

Ikemori talks about his early life in Hawaii. He describes his family's move to Japan. He briefly discusses his education in Japan. He talks about teaching Japanese language school in Hawaii. He discusses the languages spoken in his childhood home.…

Hayashi wraps up the discussion about his military service, discussing his trip back home and visiting cities on the mainland on his way back. Hayashsi describes the reunion with his parents and friends on his return to Hawaii and also talks about…

Hayashi recalls battles in Coli, Italy and Cassino, Italy. After taking medical leave, he arrived back to his company in time for the Anzio Campaign, where he soon received the Distinguished Service Cross. Hayashi concludes by discussing his memories…

Hayashi recalls his thoughts on the ship from Hawaii to the mainland, unsure of where he was going and the nature of his military assignment. Arriving first at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, he later was sent to Camp Shelby, where he underwent more basic…

Hayashi recounts his family and childhood growing up on a plantation in Hawaii. He describes working with his parents on the plantation and later jobs he worked to try to make a living wage. Hayashi was drafted into the 65th Engineer Battalion in…

In this brief final portion, Mr. Hajiro talks about how he met and married his wife. He goes on to talk about visiting his parents after the war and reflects on some of the aspirations he held prior to the start of the war. Mr. Hajiro reflects of his…

Mr. Hajiro discusses life after the war, including his return trip home, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross and later the Medal of Honor, and his career after the war. Mr. Hajiro reflects on what helped him survive during the war and gives his…

Mr. Hajiro discusses his first court martial, which in turn led to his transfer to I Company and his training with the BAR machine gun. He continues on to talk about combat he saw in Bruyeres and Biffontaine, where he captured several German POWs.…

Mr. Hajiro describes his early childhood growing up during the Depression on the island of Maui. As his parents were poor, Mr. Hajiro was forced to drop out of school to work in the plantations to help support his family. He eventually traveled to…
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Shindo standing with hands clasped in front of him. A multistory building to the left and clothesline and trees behind him, likely an apartment building.
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Gilbert T. Tanji with Mary, his wife.
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Top row, left: United States Capitol Building, view from left. Top row, middle: US Capitol Building, view from left. Top row, right: "Freiden, 1944. Stacking some wooden crates." Left column: The US Capitol Building, view from left. Corner left: "The…
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Text handwritten on back of image, "In our working clothes, we are [left to right]"

Front [row]: Sasaki, Hawaii; Okada, Hawaii; ME, Colorado; Iouichi [unclear], California.; "2nds" [Second row]: Takenaka (Hawaii), Tsuda (California), Nakagawa…

Mr. Watanabe discusses the importance of Nisei storytelling and committing these stories to tape through oral histories. He next describes what it was like coming back to Hawaii after the war and talks about the important event of Hawaiian statehood.…

Mr. Watanabe first discusses where he was born and raised, and talks about his passion for music, which included a career as a musician. Leading a unique military career, Mr. Watanabe served in the 442nd and the MIS, before he was finally assigned to…

R. Katayama discusses his legal career in and outside the U.S. military. He talks about completing higher education and discusses his family. In addition he provides anecdotes regarding: the 1967 Detroit Riots, working at a prestigious law firm, and…

Kubo continues talking about his experiences in the Pacific Theater, including making sukiyaki in Luzon using meat and K rations. Shortly after, the end of the war would occur and his team would be moved to Fukuoka in Japan. There, he would be able…

Takayama describes and shows various articles and photographs from his scrapbook.

Takayama shows and describes various articles and photographs from his scrapbook.

Uyeoka discusses about his family and moving to Japan. He details about his experiences in Japan before moving to and growing up in Korea, then moving back to Japan. Uyeoka also discusses about moving back the United States and being drafted.

Kawanishi begins the interview with an introduction and talking about his family that immigrated from Japan to Los Angeles. He would briefly go back to Japan and then return where he would fish with his father and get involved with various sports…

Westdale discusses his family and upbringing. He details about joining the Army Air Corps and his experiences in the Corps. Westdale also discusses about December 7, 1941 and the sentiment towards the Japanese in America.

Yoshimoto discusses how he ended up joining the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). He also details he experiences in MIS before heading to Japan. Yoshimoto discusses his voyage to and arrival in Japan.

Yoshimoto discusses the effects that Pearl Harbor had on him and his family. He also discusses about his time spent in the Army Air Corps before being reassigned. Yoshimoto details about the time he visited Minidoka.

Masuda discusses his college years and marriage. He talks about Camp Roberts and Japanese language school. Masuda explains why he was transferred to Fort Sill. He describes how he trained Japanese and Hawaiian soldiers at Camp Shelby. He also…

Mukai discusses what occurred after he volunteered. He details his experiences on Oahu. Mukai also discusses he trip to the mainland.

Satow talks about his combat experiences in Italy and Hill 140; and his job assignment in his company. He also talks about the voyage overseas and downtime on the front line of battle. He shares anecdotes regarding: a friend KIA, relations with…

Hishinuma talks about his birthplace in Oahu, Hawaii. He explains how he got his name. He describes his family's poverty. He discusses his life on a plantation. He talks about his father's early life. He describes the Concentration Camps built for…

Jack Hirose describes his children and grandchildren, and about sharing his military experience with them. In addition, he talks about his brother's service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Finally, he discuses the loyalty questionnaire and…

Kimoto details the process of volunteering for The 442nd. Kimoto discusses his journey from Hawaii to San Fransisco and from San Fransisco to Mississippi. He also discusses about his time at Camp Shelby and in Mississippi.

Tokuda discusses his life after World War Two. He talks about his marriage and children. He describes discriminatory events he endured while looking for work. Tokuda also reflects on his war experiences and the legacy of WW2 Nisei veterans.

Matsumoto discusses his family losing their possessions after they were incarcerated, and describes his childhood home. He then discusses the scholarship he received because of the American Friends of Service Committee that allowed him to attend…

Hamada discusses Operation Magpie and the role he played in it. He also details of what some of the Doolittle Flyers went through as prisoners of war. Hamada discusses his family.

Hamada discusses what the role the OSS played in Burma. He details his experiences during his first assignment. Hamada also discusses a little more about the specialized OSS training that he received.

Hamada discusses more about basic training. Hamada details about volunteering for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Hamada discusses the specialized training he received from OSS.

Nakabayashi discusses a good luck charm he received from his parents, a close call in combat, an artist he knew of in Poston, and family friends in Riverside. He also talks about marching for President Truman after the war, post-war experiences such…

Tsubia discusses family and leaving Poston Concentration Camp to work in Chicago. He details about being drafted, basic training, and his experiences post-war.

Arakaki continues his discussion on his time interpreting in the Philippines and the other places that he served during the war. He would also have the chance to visit Okinawa and see his family that was living there. He also talks about the time…

Mr. Hayashi opens by discussing the dissolution of his first marriage in this brief section. He goes on to talk about the legacy of the Nisei soldier and the 442's place in history. The video concludes with Mr. Hayashi showing off some photographs of…

Mr. Hayashi discusses the morale of his unit after facing heavy combat in France. Soon after this, the unit would return to Italy to join up with the African American 92nd Infantry to help with the offensive campaign. Mr. Hayashi goes on to discuss…

Mr. Hayashi talks about his service throughout France, particularly in the Vosges Mountains region and some of the experiences he had during combat. Mr. Hayashi also describes some funny and memorable encounters including his being mistaken for an…

Mr. Hayashi offers several stories about his combat experience throughout this section. He first describes the German 88mm artillery gun and being fired upon by it. During this battle, Mr. Hayashi encountered his first American casualty, which had a…

Mr. Hayashi describes his experiences during basic training, discussing his relationship with the Hawaiian soldiers, his weapons training, and the camaraderie amongst his troop. His battalion was shipped out from Newport News, Virginia and landed in…

Mr. Hayashi describes attempting to enlist into the Army, where he was initially rejected. He went on to look for work in Utah, eventually landing job at the Utah Power and Light Company in Salt Lake City. After finding out about the Nisei military…

Mr. Hayashi begins the interview by discussing a few aspects of wrestling including how he learned his wrestling skills, what it was like being a state champion, and putting on fake wrestling performances for the Forty & Eight Club. Mr. Hayashi next…

Mr. Hayashi introduces himself and offers some background information about himself and his family. Mr. Hayashi speaks at length about his parents, why they came to his hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado, their occupations, and where they were from…

Abe gives an overview of his military career and discusses his family. He details about his childhood and schooling. Abe also discusses about growing up in Los Angeles and his home life.

Unoura talks about traveling to Europe on the Queen Mary. He explains his role as a replacement soldier. He describes his military duties, including guarding rail yards. He explains how a soldier's last name determined what unit he was placed in.…

Unoura describes the schooling he received while living in a Concentration Camp. He continues to describes his journey to Camp Blanding. He talks about what his daily life was like while stationed at Camp Blanding. Unoura explains an interaction he…

Onodera discusses his, and his brothers', experiences serving in the US military. He talks about working at Vint Hills Farm Station in Virginia, and later working in Yokohama after the war ended. He discusses the post-war living conditions in Japan…

Umeda discusses his Army life. He details about funniest moments in the Army. Umdea also gives his closing remarks.

Nishioka talks about Japanese language school and primary school. He also discusses his experiences in high school. He briefly describes a carpentry apprenticeship he had as a youth. He explains the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. Nishioka…

Hiroshi Yafuso talks about being inducted into the Army and his overall experiences while in the military. Yafuso discusses his military decorations, post military life, and family. He briefly talks about his translation work and his siblings.
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