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Film, Video WWII Reunion: The Japanese-American Experience

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  • WWII Reunion: The Japanese-American Experience


  • As part of the National World War II Reunion held on Memorial Day weekend on the National Mall in Washington, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project sponsored several programs presenting compelling accounts of WWII history.

Event Date

  • May 28, 2004


  • -  Born on the Fourth of July in California, Warren Tsuneishi was the son of Japanese immigrants. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States entered the war, his family was evacuated to Heart Mountain, an internment facility in Wyoming. Determined to serve his country, Tsuneishi volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service Language School and served in the Pacific with the 306th Headquarters Intelligence Detachment, 24th Corps, translating captured documents. Following his discharge from the service in 1946, he pursued a career in library science and retired as Chief of the Asian Division of the Library of Congress in 1993. Today he is active in a number of professional and academic organizations and has written numerous papers and articles for professional conference and journals. He is a member of the Japanese American Veterans Association, an official partner of the Veterans History Project.
  • -  Born in Hawaii, Francis Y. Sogi began his military career in 1944 when he joined the Military Intelligence Service. He went on to serve with the Counter Intelligence Corps in 1946, rising to the rank of Captain before retiring in 1953. Today, he is a Life Partner in the New York law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren. From 1983 to 1986, he served as president of the Japanese American Association of New York Inc. and has held leadership roles in the Japanese American National Museum Board of Trustees, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the National Japanese American Veterans Council, and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation. Sogi is a member of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, many Japanese American veterans??? organizations and the Veterans History Project Five Star Council of advisors.
  • -  Born in Oregon, Jimmie Kanaya enlisted at age 20 in the Army Medical Department in 1941, was assigned later to the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team Medical Detachment as a SSG, and entered the Italian campaign attached to the 34th Infantry Division, receiving a battlefield commission. during this campaign. While attached to the 36th ID in Southern France, Kanaya was captured while attempting to evacuate casualties from the Vosges Mountains. He was taken to Oflag 64 POW Camp in Poland, marched 380 miles West Germany, escaped with the aid of Patton???s Third Army, and was re-captured and returned to Oflag 64. After WWII, Kanaya served as a Regular Army officer in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Hawaii and Alaska as a Company Commander, Intelligence Officer, Field Hospital Commander, Battalion S3, Executive Officer and Commander, and as Executive Officer of the Medical Training Center at Ft. Sam Houston,, Tex. He retired in 1974 with 33 years of military service.
  • -  After graduating from St. Peters College in 1939, Marty Higgins joined the 101st Cavalry Regiment, Squadron C, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was sent to Ft. Devins, Mass. He received his Cavalry commission at Ft Riley, Kansas, in 1941, and was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment in California in 1942. In 1944, he was sent to Africa, transferred to the 36th (Texas) Infantry Division, participated in the invasion of Southern France, and took command of A Company. He was captured at the end of that year, sent to Luckenwalde, Germany, and was liberated by the Russians in 1945. He returned to the United States following his release from service in August 1945, and worked in the playing card industry for 33 years. In his retirement, he has been a literacy advocate and teacher, and has been active in numerous community organizations.

Running Time

  • 53 minutes

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  • online text

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