Slideshow - Bainbridge Island Japanese in the Military


In her book, In Defense of Our Neighbors, Mary Woodward illustrates the dichotomy that Nisei Soldiers faced as they fought for their country while their families were imprisoned without due process or guilt back home:
Fifteen months before the army allowed the Nikkei to return to the West Coast, Mo "Pork Chops" Nakata and Art Koura came home for a visit. A Review editorial explained, "Art and 'Pork Chops,' as 'American' a pair as ever trod the corridors of Bainbridge High School, were permitted to visit because they wear the uniforms of the United States Army. Uncle Sam, who soon may ask them to die for him, couldn’t very well tell them they couldn’t come home on furlough." Although soldiers visited the Island, the rest of the Nikkei remained incarcerated in the camps until nearly the end of the war.
The following are images of Bainbridge Island Nisei, in alphabetical order, who served in the military, mostly in the World War Two era, but some in more recent years.


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