Two Japanese American soldiers visiting their families at Heart Mountain internment camp ironically stand honor guard beside the casket of a WWI vet who died in the Wyoming camp. While 120,000 Japanese-Americans were interned for up to 3 years, 33,000 others served in the U.S. armed forces, including the much decorated 100th Battalion Combat Team, which fought in Europe.
Dorie MIller, a messman in the U.S. Navy was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic deeds at Pearl Harbor (1st African American to be awarded the Navy Cross). ALL HE DID The Morning of Pearl Harbor Bombing was carry wounded sailors to safer locations, move his injured Captain (the Captain refused to leave his post & remained until his death), load machine guns, take control of one & began firing at Japanese planes (He HAD NO TRAINING IN OPERATING ONE). He fired until he ran out of ammunition.
Photo showing internment of ethnic Japanese in America following Presidential Executive Order 9066 (signed and issued by FDR in 1942). Around 120,000 ethnic Japanese were held in internment camps for the duration of the war. 62% were American born citizens. As part of the order 11,000 people of German ancestery were also interned including Jewish refugees.
A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho, found their home and garage vandalized with anti-Japanese graffiti and broken windows in Seattle, Washington, on May 10, 1945. (AP Photo)