Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Location of Service: Camp Grant, Illinois; Camp Shelby, Mississippi; Naples, Italy; Camp Ritchie, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant

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"The first thing I think about is I better not move. They might finish me off." (Video Interview, Part II, 12:07)

The demands and pressures placed on young Japanese American men who served their country during World War II while their families were confined to detention centers can't be understated. And for men like Norman Ikari, who served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, that pressure was intensified, as the 442nd, also known as the Go For Broke division, fought in some of the European Theater's most intense battles.

More Resources

[ Unidentified military document [April 28, 1943] ]
[ Company Morning Report [November 29, 1943] ]
[ General Orders Number 100 [August 3, 1944] ]
[ Letter notifying of award of Bronze Star [April 8, 1948] ]

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[ Travel Orders [May 23, 1945] ]
[ Honorable Discharge and Report of Separation ]
[ Narrative: Norman S. Ikari [December 2003] ]

About this Item

Title

  • Norman Saburo Ikari Collection

Names

  • Shima, Terry
  • Japanese-American Veterans Association (JAVA)
  • Ikari, Norman Saburo
  • Ninomiya, Calvin

State of Birth

  • WA

Home State

  • MD

Headings

  • -  Ikari, Norman Saburo
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 442nd Regimental Combat Team
    • Location of Service: Camp Grant, Illinois; Camp Shelby, Mississippi; Naples, Italy; Camp Ritchie, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: MiniDV [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 11/20/2003)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [7 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1943 - 1948)
  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [20 items] -- Photograph (collected 1942 - 2001)
  • Manuscript: Biography [1 item] -- (collected 12/2003)
  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/10680

Cite as

  • Norman Saburo Ikari Collection (AFC/2001/001/10680), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

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Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Shima, Terry, Japanese-American Veterans Association, Norman Saburo Ikari, and Calvin Ninomiya. Norman Saburo Ikari Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10680/.

APA citation style:

Shima, T., Japanese-American Veterans Association, Ikari, N. S. & Ninomiya, C. (1942) Norman Saburo Ikari Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10680/.

MLA citation style:

Shima, Terry, et al. Norman Saburo Ikari Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10680/>.