Our mission is to educate current and future generations about the extraordinary legacy of American WWII soldiers of Japanese ancestry in order to promote equality and justice.Watch the Nisei Soldier Story
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“I Am An American” Traveling Exhibition
“I Am An American: the Nisei Soldier Experience,” a 11-city traveling exhibition, will highlight the service of the Nisei Soldiers in order to demonstrate that they were loyal patriotic Americans, while they simultaneously fought a war against prejudice at home.
The Nisei Soldier Experience at National Museum of the U.S. Army
Visit the Nisei Soldier Experience, a special exhibit, at the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Ft. Belvoir, VA. Open until September 2025.
Download our newly created elementary and middle school curriculum, created in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal Online Exhibition
Visit the online exhibition created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, honoring the life stories of 12 different soldiers who served during World War II.
In honor of Veterans Day, join Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi & Family as they discover their Family Legacy. Watch our NextGen video series when students learn about the Japanese American WWII history through objects with Chief Curator of the National Museum of the U.S. Army
White House Visits
Japanese American US Army veterans of the 100th, 442nd and MIS visit the White House to be recognized for service to the United States in World War II.
They Were All American
American Soldiers of Japanese Ancestry delivered a powerful lesson in citizenship during World War II. Their values – loyalty, courage, patriotism – are timeless statements about being American. Rising above fear and prejudice, they wrote an unrivaled battle history that remains legendary, even today. It’s an American story for the ages.– General Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army (Retired)
Incarcerated after Pearl Harbor, they fought bravely in World War II.
After Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria in America reached a fever pitch. Executive order 9066 created military zones in Hawaii and on the West Coast. People of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and herded into camps. They lost homes, businesses and personal belongings. Conditions in the camps were abysmal. Nevertheless, thousands of young men volunteered to fight for America.
66 years later, Congress recognized them with a Congressional Gold Medal.
They joined the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units played crucial roles in European combat and decoding Japanese communications. They proved that, in America, shared values, not ancestry, determine allegiances. More than six decades later, Congress recognized their achievements with a Congressional Gold Medal. This is their story.