JAPANESE AMERICAN “ NISEI ” OUTFIT FORMED BY THE WAR DEPARTMENT

From YANK Magazine

American citizens of Japanese ancestry who have no use for Tojo are going to have a chance to get a crack at the Axis. WD announces formation of a combat team to be composed of “ Nisei ”, as American born Japanese are called. This will include infantry, artillery, engineers and medical personnel. The unit will be filled by voluntary induction, but no on of doubtful loyalty can get in.



nisei soldier 110th 442nd france november 1944

A squad leader of the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team on watch in France, Nov. 1944. Nisei soldier’s fought in Italy, France and Germany with the 100th/442nd and in the Pacific with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), where they worked in translation, interpreting and prisoner of war interrogation.



For More on Japanese American Fighting Units in World War II Check Out:

Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany


Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: Images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Other Government Photographers


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