these young Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii,
the states, America's concentration camps -
to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
Looked upon with suspicion, set apart and deprived of their constitutional rights,
they nevertheless remained steadfast
and served with indomitable spirit and uncommon valor,
for theirs was a fight to prove loyalty.
This legacy will serve as a sobering reminder
that never again shall any group be denied
liberty and the rights of citizenship. – Ben H. Tamashiro
“The 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was the first U.S. Army unit of Japanese Americans activated in World War II. The 100th Battalion began its existence as the Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion that was activated on June 5, 1942 in Hawaii. The soldiers of the Hawaiian Provisional Battalion came from various units of the Hawaiian National Guard. The Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion was transferred to the mainland and arrived in San Francisco on June 12, 1942. The unit was then designated the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate).”
- To become familiar with the Japanese soldiers, review Nisei in Uniform (1944).
- Visit the Education Center for the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans for a "digital library of stories, photographs and documents related to the men of the 100th infantry Battalion..."
- Honolulu, Hawaii, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), 1941-2001. These records/photos of plaques are digitized on ancestry.com.
- Also researchers will find the U. S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006 records, that provide name, service information and birth and death dates of soldiers accompanying the cemetery information on ancestry.com.
- A useful database is Descubra Nikkei. A search of Army, Combat soldiers, produced a list of 11361 veterans’ bios.
- For More Information on the Relocation Camps visit Japanese Internment Camps to Combat,
Part I, Relocation Camps.
- The San Francisco Gate published veteran accounts in Secret Revealed: Nisei’s WWII Role.
- Many are not aware of the widespread practice of the Nisei lingusists: Loyal Linguists: Nisei in WWII Learned Japanese in Minnesota