Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad
The story of Japanese Americans in World War II is a fascinating drama of mass imprisonment and battlefield heroism. Young Japanese American soldiers volunteered for military service both to prove their patriotism to a skeptical nation and to convince the larger population of the injustice of “relocation camps” for their families. The 100th Battalion of the legendary Japanese American 442d Regimental Combat Team saw combat in Italy and France. Their story is told through the experiences of the soldiers in this unique unit. Readers will recognize Medal of Honor winner, and future U.S. Senator, Daniel Inouye, but other GIs featured will be those largely anonymous members of what is fittingly termed the “Greatest Generation.” Great they were, and equally outstanding is this narrative of their service and sacrifice.