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In Defense of JusticeJoseph Kurihara and the Japanese American Struggle for Equality$
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Eileen H. Tamura

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037788

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037788.001.0001

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A Yank in France, a Jap in America

A Yank in France, a Jap in America

(p.24) Chapter 2 A Yank in France, a Jap in America
In Defense of Justice

Eileen H. Tamura

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at Kurihara's enlistment in the U.S. Army during the war on Germany. On October 29, 1918, Kurihara's 328th Field Artillery arrived at the front, just southeast of the major Allied offensive between the Meuse River and the Argonne Forest. Once at the front, Kurihara's unit prepared for an offensive aimed at the strategically important town of Metz, which served as a German hub, a heavily fortified railroad center “entirely surrounded by a chain of permanent forts mounting heavy long-range guns.” On November 11, 1918, as the men were preparing the assault, the Armistice was declared, bringing “joy and relief” to the soldiers. However, ignoring the patriotism he and other Nisei veterans had demonstrated in the war, the government now treated them and other Nisei who lived on the West Coast as “alien citizens.” As the chapters to follow demonstrate, Kurihara did not take this affront quietly, and while incarcerated, he became a vociferous and impassioned dissident.

Keywords:   U.S. Army, World War I, Armistice, Nisei veterans, alien citizens

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