- Publisher: Pettigrew Enterprises (August 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933680112
- ISBN-13: 978-0933680111
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory
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Harrington makes clear that when World War II erupted, the American military authorities lacked intelligence officers who could translate Japanese intercepts. Their desparation was so great that U.S. milirary officials had to enter American concentration camps where AJAs were confined due to Pres. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which ordered all U.S. citizens to these camps for no reason whatsoever. Even the FBI Director, J. Edgar Hooever, was clear that AJAs were not a threat to American security. The Munson Report which was issued on November 7, 1941 clearly indicated that AJAs were remarkably loyal to the United States. Yet, these unfortunate men, women, and children were forced into these camps. When U.S. military authroties asked these men to volunteer for very dangerous intelligence duty, they did so in spite of their most unfair circumstances.
Harrington gives anecdotes of the heroism and effectiveness of the men who volunteered for both dangerous combat duty and intelligence work. These men infiltrated Japanese units, gathered intelligence, and helped American POWs escape. These AJAs did so at great personal risk. They knew that if they were detected and captured, they would be tortured to death.
The effectiveness of the AJA intelligence operatives is amazing.Read more ›
children born in America who's parents were immigrants from Japan. It's hard to believe that President Roosevelt ordered the forced relocation, an internment, of all Japanese Americans living on the West Coast after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. We are talking about first and second generation American citizens being forced from their homes and businesses.
To put this in perspective: German American's and Italian American's were not sent to internment camps. Obviously there was a lot off paranoia coupled with racial prejudice involved. Interestingly, the Japanese Americans at Pearl Harbor and the rest of the Hawaii
were NOT sent to internment camps, because doing so would have destroyed the Hawaiian economy, because the Japanese Americans made up a large proportion of the population.
Despite being forced to relocate the Nisei, for the most part, remained loyal to their country. These second generation Japanese Americans were American first and Japanese second. When it dawned on the Army that they needed more Japanese speaking Americans to intercept Japanese communications they started enlisting these Nisei directly from the internment camps into the Army!
Many Nisei volunteered to join.
The book was very informative but at times it became a bit tedious to read about the personal story of numerous Nisei at the expense of telling more about the actual combat the Nisei took part in. From my recollection I don't think they spent much time discussing the
remarkable story of the fighting 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, which was an all Nisei Regiment.Read more ›
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According to the author, AJA's are the only reason we won in the pacific. A different take on history is ok but this guy wants to change everything thats been written about the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Varty
This was, I believe, the first published account of the role played by Japanese American soldiers who served in the Pacific during World War II. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Alan Hayashida
This is a MUST see REFERENCE book on the WW II Military Intelligence Service (MIS) individuals, comprised mostly of Japanese-American citizens, who played an essential secret... Read morePublished on February 25, 2007 by Dianne