Wyoming Samurai: The World War II Warriors of Heart Mountain

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By Mike Mackey


"Internees would find nearly every aspect of the relocaiton process, at Heart Mountain and the other camps, filled with contradiciton. But no issue which arose over the next three years and three months would have more incongruities than that military service. This is a story about the United States government's abrogation of a peoples civil rights, labeling them as undesirable for military service, then askign them to volunteer for the Army, and eventually drafting them out of concentration camps and sending those who resisted from the prison they inhabited to federal penitentiaries at Leavenworth, Kansas abd McNeil Island, Washington. In spite of the many contradictions, Japanese American men and women would use military service as a way to demonastrate their loyalty to the government which imprisoned them. In the process, their service became legendary."

From the back cover:

"I believe in things like democracy, equality and tolerance and most of all peace. I'm joining the army." -Ted Fujioka

"I'm putting all my blue chips on the U.S.A. ... In short I've volunteered." - Fred Yamamoto