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Title TREK
Subject Internment of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945; Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-1945
Description Newspaper published by the internees at Topaz Japanese Internment Camp.
Date 1943-02
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications Scanned and OCR'd by a colleague of Jane Beckwith. University of Utah received JPEG images approximately 700x900 pixels with associated text files.
Source Original journal: TREK
Contributing Institution Topaz Museum, PO Box 241, Delta, Utah 84624
Language eng
Rights Management Digital version, copyright 2004 Topaz Museum. All rights reserved.
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch
ARK ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj
Setname tc_tm
Date Created 2004-09-03
Date Modified 2004-09-03
ID 341494
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj

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Description February 4,;1943 Secretary of War Stimson Washington, B.C. Dear Mr. Stimson: I know you are a very busy man and I hate to bother you like this when you are busy in more important matters. This is just a simple plea that comes from within my heart, crying for someone to listen. I was very happy when I read your announcement that Nisei Americans would be given a chance to volunteer for active combat duty. But at the same time I was sad-sad because under your present laws I am an enemy alien. I am a 22 year old boy, American in thought, American in act, as American as any other citizen. I was born in Japan. My parents brought me to America •,when I was only two years old. Since coming to America as an infant, my whole life was spent in New Mexico. My only friends were Caucasian boys. At Pearl Harbor, my pal, ;----•-----Curly Moppins, was killed outright without a chance to fight back when the Japanese planes swooped down, in a treacherous attack. And Mckie Harrell and other boys from my home town came back maimed for life. Then more of my classmates volunteered-Bud Henderson, • Bob and Jack Aldridge, and many others; they were last heard of as missing in the Philippines, It tears my heart out to think that I could not avenge their deaths. The law of this country bars me from citizenship-because I am an Oriental- because my skin is yellow. This is not a good law and bad laws could be changed. But this is hot what I want to bring up at this time. As you well know, this EDITOR'S NOTE: This is not the first time that this letter has appeared in public print. But as a significant human document of our time, we feel it deserves reprinting. As a direct result of his letter, Henry Ebiha-ra was notified by the War Department that ;'an effort will be made to permit his enlistment." is a people's war. The fate of the free people all over the world hangs in the balance. I only ask that I be given a chance to fight to preserve the principles that I have been brought up on and which I will not sacrifice at any cost. Please give me a chance to serve in your armed forces. In volunteering for active combat duty, my conscience will be clear and I can proudly say to myself that I wasn't sitting around, doing nothing when the fate of the free people was at stake. Any of my Caucasian friends would vouch for my loyalty and sincerity. Even now some of them may be sleeping an eternal sleep in a lonely grave far away from home, dying for the principles they loved and sincerely believed* I am not asking for any , favors or sympathy. I only ask that I be given £,, chance--a shance to enlfcs'fc for active combat duty. How can a democratic ~&a.- . f tion allow a technicality.'^; of birthplace to stand-in,^'" the way when the nation is;"_y fighting...to preserve/" rights of free men? '• The high officials have ofttimes stated that-..this' is a people's struggle- regard!ess;,.pf race or color. Could it be a ^ogle.'s struggle if you bar a person-w&o siji-cerely believes in the very principles we are all fighting for fromv'.taUng part? '.; - ;> ••'/. . I beg you to take my plea and^give it your careful consideration. ;r7"..?..v£ I have also sent a copy .ofwthis .same letter to President Roosevelt" in?..hopes that some action will ..betaken'..In my case. t »-.. - •""•-'-' ••'Utah i|
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Resource Identifier 014_pg12.jpg
Source Original journal: TREK
Setname tc_tm
Date Created 2004-09-03
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 341459
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5mtj/341459