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In response to John Wakamatsu: You state that your father "interned his own family as a member of the US Army." Are you sure of this? It was the US Government under President Roosevelt's Order 9066 that forced all people of Japanese descent to evacuate the West Coast states, with most interned in one of the 10 camps. Your father may have been in the army before Dec. 7, 1941, and later joined the 442nd RCT, or he may have also been interned and may have volunteered from camp even while his family was incarcerated. It is to these men of the 100th/442nd/MIS to whom we of Japanese descent are indebted for their courage, valor and tremendous sacrifice for fighting in the face of prejudice and injustice to prove our loyalty and set us free. These men are our heroes. These men and your father included deserved to be honored for the legacy they have left us.

It is with great astonishment that the E.O. 9066 was ruled constitutional for so many years--especially with the Warren Court. But this was some-what expected since he was one of the leading proponents of the relocation order in 1942, along with
Gen Dewitt. The great propaganda never referred to the natural born citizens as citizens but as non-aliens in the relocation order. The territory of Hawaii was spared the mass relocation mostly on economic reasons. As a 14 year old on Dec. 7, 1941, the E.O. was very confusing since the U.S. Constitution was one of our first assignment and the denial of "... life liberty and the pursuit of hapiness without due process." was just a bunch of words. Even today, we repeat the slogan that we are a country ruled by law but we fail to recognize that our holy books of all major religions are books of hear-say and myths. Are there any direct quotes anywhere? Yet, in our country all our courts require that we swear to tell the truth with a hand on the Bible. We should all be educated with the historical truths--a country ruled by expedience for the most important parts of our daily lives. With much digression, I remain Yas Saito,

I think that more people need to be educated about what happened to the Japanese Americans during WWII. I was born after the war and never lived in the interment camps, but my parents and other relatives spoke about Manzanar Internment Camp. I even have many photos of my family in Manzanar and asked my relatives about the photos. I believe that many Japanese Americans try to forget about their internment, but I believe that people should never forget this history or it may be repeated. I also wanted to say that my Father interned his own family as a member of the US Army. He said that it was a very sad day in his life. He served the US as a member of the 442nd RCT in Italy and in France even if his family was still living in Manzanar.

This is an amazing article--if not for its honesty alone.

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