When America went to war, men joined the effort as soldiers leaving necessary jobs at manufacturing plants empty. Women stepped up to fill the gap and worked in the factories and on production lines building the war machinery.
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Shiro Kashino joined the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, along with many other Japanese Americans. While his family was forced into an internment camp, Kashino felt he needed to prove his loyalty and became a Platoon Sergeant of one of the most decorated regiments in history.
Fausto Cruz shares his adventures on the U.S.S. Colorado battleship during World War II. He talks about Japanese torpedo planes and spending three months in an army hospital after injuring his legs.
Victory Square was a civic focal point for Seattle's World War II homefront. Located on University Street, between 4th and 5th avenues in Downtown Seattle, Victory Square contains a monument that lists the names of Washington state citizens who lost their lives during the war.
Jose Calugas Jr. talks about his father's bravery during World War II. Jose Calugas Sr. was a member of a special U.S. Army unit, the Philippine Scouts. He received a Medal of Honor for bravery during the Battle of Bataan.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor there was a general fear up and down the west coast. As a result, in 1943 the city of Seattle held a demonstration at the Husky Stadium showing what to do if enemy planes attack called "The Bombing of Seattle."
Howe Lee of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society discusses how Chinese Canadian soldiers were discriminated against during World War II. He shares how they left for war as unwanted soldiers and returned as heroes.
Royal Canadian Air Force veteran Bob Porter discusses his experiences during World War II. He talks of parachuting from a burning plane, trying to escape Nazi Germany and finally being liberated from a concentration camp.
Army aerial photographer Lee Embree witnesses the start of World War II before America even knew it was at war. He recorded history through photographs and captures Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran John Des Jarlais talks about surviving four dangerous first wave landings, including Iwo Jima, the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history.
Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the town of Hanford in south-central Washington, the site was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world.
Larry Story talks about his experience as a member of the brigade during World War II. The brigade fought in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, and southern France before being disbanded in December, 1944.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, about 100,000 Japanese Americans were forced to relocate to internment camps. Japanese Americans from the Pacific Northwest talk about their internment experiences.