This Educator Resources page includes over sixty individual biographies in the form of “ID Booklets.” Nearly all of these booklets were written by former internees or their families. The files are in .pdf format and may be downloaded and printed. Additional booklets will be added to our website as they become available.
b. 1879, lived in Japan from 1908-18 working with the YWCA, and the Red Cross in Siberia. Served as the chief of Community Welfare at Manzanar and played a key role in reconciliation after the 12/6/42 Manzanar Riot.
b. 1913, earned her degree in social work. Before the war, she worked at Shonien children’s home in LA. She and her husband Harry oversaw the Children’s Village at Manzanar, home to more than 100 children, and the only orphanage in a War Relocation Center.
b. 1920, father arrested by the FBI. “No-No Boy” segregated to Tule Lake in 1944. Renounced US citizenship & became active in the camp’s pro-Japan Hoshidan movement. Removed from Tule Lake and interned in Dept. of Justice camps until 1947. Eventually regained his US citizenship & remained in US.
b. 1925, had 6 older siblings attending medical & dental schools when war broke out. A “quiet and an above average student who was not enthused” in camp. Drafted into the Army a week after the war ended.
b. 1930, brother of Grace. Attended school in camp. Served in the Korean War. Grew up to become a world-renowned auto designer who helped design the Corvette Stingray, Boss Mustang, Camaro Z28, & Jeep Grand Cherokee.
b. 1924, senior in high school when war broke out. Principal refused to give him his diploma in 1942—he didn’t get it until 1988. Wove camo nets in camp for US war effort. His brother accidentally drowned during Hy’s 21st birthday celebration in MN. Drafted then discharged from the army when his father became terminally ill in 1946.
b. 1926, his father died when he was ten. Attended a segregated school pre-war. Freshman in high school when war started. Wove camo nets for the US war effort. Graduated from Manzanar High School in 1945 and served in the Military Intelligence Service.
b. 1921, shot by an MP after receiving permission to collect scrap wood to build furniture for his family’s barracks. Hurt & angry because of his internment, he was sent to Tule Lake Segregation Center & then Bismark, ND. Went to Japan after the war but returned to the US in the 1950s.
b. 1928. In 1912 his grandfather bought an apple farm in the pre-war town of Manzanar. 30 years later, his father was hired as the Caucasian Assistant Chief of Internal Security at Manzanar. Art lived in camp and attended school in Independence.
b. 1932, the only Japanese American in his Fremont elementary school, his teacher cried when he was taken away. In 2007 he published the children’s book “Hello Maggie!” about his experiences taming a magpie to be his camp pet.
b. 1923, college student at UCLA when war broke out. Volunteered for the 442nd and fought in Italy & France, including the “Rescue of the Lost Battalion.” Jun’s unit suffered 800 casualties (including 54 dead) to rescue 200 Texans of the 36th Infantry.
b. 1925, his father was arrested by the FBI. Homer relocated to Denver to attend college in 1942. Homer’s older brother Min deliberately challenged a curfew order and took his case, Minoru Yasui v. United States, all the way to the Supreme Court.
b. 1919, she had just finished training to be a nurse when the war began. Yaeko helped set up the Manzanar hospital. Her brother Sadao was killed while fighting with the 442nd in Italy. He was the only Japanese American to win the Medal of Honor during World War II.