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Camp Savage, Minnesota, circa 1944

Students of the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage, where they studied the Japanese language and were later sent to serve in the War in the Pacific.

The MISLS was located at Camp Savage in Minnesota from 1942-44, after which it was moved to larger facilities at nearby Ft. Snelling.

Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Members of the staff and volunteer helpers reassemble a privately owned Japanese typewriter to be used for the Japanese languge edition of the Heart Mountain Sentinel, Center newspaper. The paper is wrapped around the rubber cylinder, the typist pushes the roller riding platten over the bed of type. After picking the next character, a lever is operated which picks up the type, presses it against the paper and replaces it in its niche. Complicated in appearance and operation, due to the short hand characteristics of Japanese writing, the advance of thought is nearly equal in speed to a standard English typewriter.  1/13/1943

Tom Parker, photographer.  From the Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority

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Tule Lake Relocation Center near Newell, Calif., 1942 or 43. Women at the Japanese American relocation camps of World War II, photographer unknown. 

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Shoichi Endow (right) in the U.S. Army with two other Nisei soldiers during World War II. Sho joined the army prior to Pearl Harbor and eventually ended up in the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This photo may have been taken in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, circa 1944.

January 1945, Menton, France. Soldiers from the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team determining coordinates for targeting mortars. Left to right: Okamoto, Lt. Teraoka, Akira “Ike” Iwasaki.

Woodblock print made in the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho by Marian Hara of Portland, Oregon, an art student of Fumi Haraguchi Kato at Hunt High School.

Pfc. Hideo Takahashi of “I” Company, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This photo was taken at Camp Roberts in California, sometime before Pearl Harbor. Hideo eventually went on to participate in the rescue of the Lost Battalion. Read more about Hideo Takahashi at Go for Broke.

Pfc. Hideo Takahashi of “I” Company, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This photo was taken at Camp Roberts in California, sometime before Pearl Harbor. Hideo eventually went on to participate in the rescue of the Lost Battalion. Read more about Hideo Takahashi at Go for Broke.

Sahomi Tachibana performs on stage at the Topaz, Utah, internment camp in 1944.

Woodblock print made in the Minidoka internment camp by an art student of Fumi Haraguchi Kato at Hunt High School. The print shows a few of the boys in camp playing basketball near the barracks.

Jack Yoshihara, Oregon State College, 1941

Jack Yoshihara was a member of the 1941 Oregon State College (later Oregon State University) Beaver football team. The Beavers qualified for the Rose Bowl that season, and after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the game was shifted to Durham, North Carolina, due to concern of a possible attack.

Jack missed playing in the Rose Bowl because of travel restrictions for people of Japanese descent. He did eventually receive his Rose Bowl ring when this Beaver team was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

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A Japanese family returning home (Seattle, Washington) from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho on May 10, 1945

Wooden tea tray with ink drawing of barracks and Castle Rock at the Tule Lake internment camp. “Presented to Minoru Yasui” is written in Japanese.

Toshiaki Kuge with the liquor ration for the 100th Battalion officers, August 1945. The 100th was an all-Nisei unit in the US Army that eventually became attached to the Nisei regiment (442nd RCT).

Toshiaki Kuge with the liquor ration for the 100th Battalion officers, August 1945. The 100th was an all-Nisei unit in the US Army that eventually became attached to the Nisei regiment (442nd RCT).

Woodblock print made in the Minidoka internment camp by Betty Jane Michikami, an art student of Fumi Haraguchi Kato at Hunt High School during World War II.

Nisei dance student performance, Topaz Relocation Center, 1944