The Japanese Relocation. Miss Springborn Team 6 Page 17 in your Notes packet. THE JAPANESE RELOCATION :.
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Due to the attack on PEARL HARBOR, many Americans were afraid that Japanese-Americans were spies. Most Japanese-Americans lived on the WEST coast, and Americans were afraid that if the Japanese attacked us, these people would help them. So, in 1942, Japanese-Americans were forced into INTERNMENT CAMPS.
In these places, they were closely guarded. They lost their homes and their belongings. Many of them never received any of their property back. They were forced to work in these camps. To the right is a picture of Manzanar in California.
Despite this internment, many Japanese still volunteered for the MILITARYand helped the U.S. in the war effort.
Japanese Americans already in the service, like Joe Ichiuji, were kicked out of the military and joined the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were involuntarily removed from their homes and placed in 10 U.S. Army guarded camps located in America’s wasteland. At the same time, the Military Intelligence Service quietly recruited Japanese Americans to serve as translators, interrogators, communication interceptors, and infantrymen to work behind enemy lines to sabotage their operations.In addition, a small but wise group of government officials obtained President Roosevelt’s approval to form an all-volunteer, segregated Japanese American unit for combat in the European Theater. This unit was called the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Eventually, 13,000 Japanese Americans served in the 442nd in Europe and 3,000 served in the Asian Pacific Theaters—many in combat units on the front lines.
A total of 33,000 Japanese Americans, men and women, served in the armed forces—many with great distinction. Eight hundred of them made the ultimate sacrifice. We are here to tell you their story.