JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 299
For another project of mine I’ve been reading about the Japanese internment camps (posting an earlier post here), and just started to read some post war material on the interpretation of those actions. The first book I turned to is regarded as a liberal (in the classic sense of the word) regard and homage to the Japanese in the Hawaiian Islands by John Adrian Rademaker, (a Professor of Sociology at the
In the past I always thought of it as a photographic essay, and I’m sure that I never actually read the thing., But this time I, I did, and I was stopped almost immediately, half-way through the first sentence.
“During World War II, I was one of a considerable number of
persons who were directly concerned with the care and re-establishment of the Japanese Americans in the continental
Unless of course the author believed it, and if such is the case then he really didn’t understand what happened to those 110,000 people, sociologist or not; or at least didn’t get it in 1951.
He did make a strong case overall for the American Japanese
I’m just pointing out how odd this first sentence is in the face of the rest of the book. Was it meant to diminish the American government’s actions in rounding up and removing these people? (The government has had a very long history of doing exactly this, and doing it deathly well—just look at the hundreds of Indian “removals”, the entire institution of slavery, and many, many others, up to and including to a lesser degree the displacement of Katrina refugees.) Arrest and disappearing people is not “care and re-establishment”, period.
For the record, another truly measurable aspect of AJA fortitude is their military participation during WWII which stands as follows (presenting the 100 Battalion of the 442 and then the 442 as a unit):
The 100th Battalion and 442nd Combat team:
Killed in action 569.
Died of wounds 81.
Missing in action 67.
Wounded in action 3,506.
Injured in action 177.
Total casualties 4,120.
The 100th Battalion and the 442nd Combat Team won the following decorations:
1 Medal of Honor
1 Medal of Honor
47 Distinguished Service Cross
1 Distinguished Service Medal
12 Oak Leaf Cluster to Silver Star
350 Silver Star
18 Legion of Merit
16 Soldier's Medal
41 Oak Leaf Cluster-to Bronze Star Medal
823 Bronze Star Medal
1 Air Medal
500 Oak Leaf Cluster to Purple Heart Medal
3600 Purple Heart Medal
2 Army Commendation Ribbon
40 Army Commendation
87 Division Commendation
1 brigade Commendation
12 Croix De Guerre (French)
2 Palm to Croix De Guerre (French)
2 Croce Al Merito Di Guerra (Italilan)
2 Medaglia De Bronzo Al Valor Militare (Italian)
Overall the 442—composed entirely of Japanese Americans, emerged as the most decorated combat unit of its size in the history of the United States Army —suffered an “unprecedented casualty rate of 314 percent and received over 18,000 individual decorations. Many were awarded after their deaths for bravery and courage in the field of battle. Among the decorations received by the 100th/442nd soldiers were one Medal of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 28 Oak Leaf Clusters to the Silver Star, 4,000 Bronze Stars and 1,200 Oak Leaf Clusters to the Bronze Star and, perhaps most telling of the sacrifices made by these gallant soldiers, 9,486 Purple Hearts.” The 442nd Combat Infantry group emerged as the most decorated combat unit of its size in the history of the United States Army.