Finding aid prepared by June Kim
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ikemoto, (Henry) Collection
Dates: 1942-2013
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Extent: 4 boxes, 1.5 linear ft.
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
Abstract: The Henry Ikemoto collection includes materials on the Japanese-American soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, as well as Japanese-American evacuation and incarceration in camps during WWII. The materials are in the forms of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. Of special note are letters from American Red Cross volunteer Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatoni and snapshots of Japanese American soldiers in Italy.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information


There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], HENRY IKEMOTO COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Mildred Ikemoto, widow of Henry Ikemoto.

Processing Information

Processed in 2014.


Henry Ikemoto (1923-2009) served as a soldier in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII. He was a Lieutenant Colonel and also served in the Military Intelligence Service. He later served as a Probation Officer for Los Angeles County.

Scope and Content

The Henry Ikemoto Collection includes materials documenting the participation of Japanese-American soldiers in WWII as part of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. It also includes materials on anniversaries and reunions for various brigades including Camp Shelby, Rohwer, Military Intelligence Language School, Lost Battalion, Antitank Chapter 100th Battalion, and 442nd RCT. Documents include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. The collection also includes photographs documenting the daily lives of Japanese American soldiers in Italy, 1944. Of special note is correspondence from American Red Cross volunteer (and daughter of baseball player Ty Cobb) Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatomi. Subtopics include the evacuation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans, the Battle of Bruyeres, the Korean War, war memorials, and museum exhibits. The collection also includes 50 “separated books”.

Indexing Terms


Internment of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945
Japanese American families
Japanese American Newspapers
Japanese American soldiers-- History -- 20th century
Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Japanese Americans -- History -- 20th century
United States. Army. Field Artillery, 131st. Battalion, 2nd
United States -- Armed Forces -- Japanese Americans
United States. Army. Infantry Battalion, 100th
United States. -- Army -- Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
World War II
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 --Battles
World War, 1939-1945 --Campaigns
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 – Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945-- Regimental histories

Personal Names

Ikemoto, Henry, 1923-2009

Geographic Terms

Camp Shelby (Miss.)
Military Intelligence Service Language School (U.S.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)



Related Material

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials and access to the digital records for this collection please consult:

Separated Materials

Books in this collection have been cataloged and shelved separately.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence from American Red Cross soldier Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatomi. 1945

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs (mostly 2” x 3”) of the daily lives of Japanese soldiers in Italy 1944

Box 1, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings. 1994-98

Box 1, Folder 4

Pacific Citizen article: “Last Call for WWII Veterans Names on “Go for Broke” Monument. 1997

Box 1, Folder 5

Reference photographs/printed resources (“A More Perfect Union” and “Go for Broke”). 2004

Box 1, Folder 6

National Japanese American Historical Society and Hawaii’s Medal of Honor Salute. 1991, 1993, 2000

Box 1, Folder 7

Los Angeles Times magazine article: “Homeland Insecurity”. 2003

Box 1, Folder 8

Japanese American National Museum Quarterly V. 10 No. 3, 1995

Box 1, Folder 9

The Girl With the White Flag by Tomiko Higa 1991

Box 1, Folder 10

WWII/Japanese encampment, reference and educational materials n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11

Essay: “The Scar: Plight of the American Japanese” 1982

Box 1, Folder 12

Final Report: Japanese Evacuation From the West Coast book

Box 1, Folder 13

“Go For Broke” Project, “thank you” letter, and copy of project. 2002

Box 1, Folder 14

Camp Shelby WWII reunion and homecoming program. 1995

Box 1, Folder 15

Japanese American National Museum, commemorative buttons. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 16

Rohwer War Recollection Center: first Rohwer reunion photobook. 1990

Box 1, Folder 17

Rohwer War Recollection Center: first Rohwer reunion program and letter. 1990

Box 2, Folder 1

Rohwer War Recollection Center, second Rohwer reunion program. 1999.

Box 2, Folder 2

Anti-tank Company 442nd Infantry History booklets. 1945

Box 2, Folder 3

On Silent Wings: Military Gliders as Used in WWIIbooklet. n.d.

Box 2, Folder 4

Lil Dan’l: One Year in a Relocation Center children’s booklet. 1989

Box 2, Folder 5

West coast newspaper articles on Japanese Americans during WWII booklet. n.d.

Box 2, Folder 6

Anti-tank Chapter 100th/442nd Veterans Association, printed articles and literature. 1997-2006

Box 2, Folder 7

Military Intelligence Service Socal, printed resources. 2000

Box 2, Folder 8

Mini Reunion of AT Chapter 100th B Chapter photos with list. 1995

Box 2, Folder 9

Student correspondence. 2001

Box 2, Folder 10

“Go For Broke” newsletters. 1995

Box 2, Folder 11

The Torch newsletters. 2004-2013

Box 2, Folder 12

Star Advertiser Newspaper. 2012

Box 2, Folder 13

The Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper. 2000.

Box 2, Folder 14

Spirit of Aloha, Vol 18, No. 3 magazine clipping. n.d.

Box 2, Folder 15

Special units of WWII n.d.

Box 2, Folder 16

The Rafu Shimpo newspaper. 2013

Box 2, Folder 17

Highways of Honor Military Intelligence Service 442nd Regimental Combat Team 100th Infantry Battalion booklet. n.d.

Box 3, Folder 1

Military Intelligence Service Language School: Camp Savage, Minnesota booklet. 1942-1944

Box 3, Folder 2

Pacific Rim Profiles booklet. n.d.

Box 3, Folder 3

“The End of the War in the Pacific: Surrender Documents in Facsimile” booklet. 1970

Box 3, Folder 4

“Rising Anti-Asian Bigotry: Manifestations, Sources, Solutions” public hearing booklet. 1983

Box 3, Folder 5

Translation of Japanese Interview Commemorating the 25th year of “A Colossal Sacrifice” printed resource. 2000

Box 3, Folder 6

Golden Anniversary Reunion 442nd RCT booklet. 1993

Box 3, Folder 7

Japanese American Korean War Veterans Souvenir booklet. 1997

Box 3, Folder 8

“Echoes of Silence” AJA WWII Memorial Alliance resource disk (CD). 2006

Box 3, Folder 9

D-Day 60th Anniversary WWII Veterans Committee photographs n.d.

Box 3, Folder 10

Veterans of Military Intelligence Service Second National Reunion program. 1968

Box 3, Folder 11

Mud and Blood 34th Infantry Division, Vol. 2, 2003, printed resource. n.d.

Box 3, Folder 12

- A Pictorial History of the 36th Texas Infantry Division printed resources. 1944-1945

Box 3, Folder 13

Letter re-submission of topic to National Geographic. 2001.

Box 3, Folder 14

Remarks by President at Ceremony Honoring Asian American Medal of Honor Recipients printed resource. 2000

Box 3, Folder 15

Battle of Bruyeres, Oct. 6-26, 1944, O’Conner’s Task Force, printed resources. 2006

Box 3, Folder 16

Americans of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance List, printed resources. 2005

Box 3, Folder 17

65th Anniversary of the Rescue of the Lost Battalion Tribute Dinner resources 2009

Box 3, Folder 18

“Fighting for Tomorrow” Japanese American National Museum exhibit. 1995-1996

Box 4, Folder 1

The Rafu magazine article: Memories of the Wars. 1993

Box 4, Folder 2

An American Childhood: panel headings and labels printed resources. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 3

Japanese American Veteran biographies, printed resources. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 4

“225 Years of Service: The US Army 1775-2000” booklet. 2000

Box 4, Folder 5

“Inside View Japanese American Evacuee Center at Rohwer, Arkansas” booklet. 1979

Box 4, Folder 6

Soldiers magazine article “Go for Broke! Honoring Japanese American Vets”. 2003

Box 4, Folder 7

“Redress! The American Promise” booklet. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 8

“A Brief Account of the Korean War” booklet. n.d.

Box 4, Folder 9

“Memorial Day Services Evergreen Memorial Park” program. 1998

Box 4, Folder 10

“Honorary Texas Citizen Recognition for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team” certificate. 1963

Box 4, Folder 11

“Program of Events in Honor of WWII Medal of the Honor Recipients” program. 2000

Box 4, Folder 12

Los Angeles Times article “Brothers: Japanese American Family Saw Many Sides of War”. 1995

Box 4, Folder 13

Los Angeles Times article “Words of Praise for Navajo Code Talkers’ Heroics” printed resource, 1995.

Box 4, Folder 14

List of books, pamphlets, bulletins, etc. donated by Mildred Ikemoto

Box 4, Folder 15

Donated books/booklets: The Lost Years 1942-46, The MISLS Album, Go For Broke: Legacy in Americanism.

Box 4, Folder 16

Donated books/booklets: Asian Pacific Islander Veterans, Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.



  • Adachi, Ken. The Enemy That Never Was: A history of the Japanese Canadians
  • Adler, Bill. Growing Up Asian American
  • Asahina, Robert. Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad
  • Brokaw, Tom. An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation
  • Burton, Miyo. Japanese American Journey: The Story of a People
  • Chang, Thelma. I Can Never Forget: Men of the 100th/442nd
  • Cantrell, Bridget C. Once a Warrior: Wired For Life
  • Crost, Lyn. Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific
  • Dablemont, Larry. Ridge Runner
  • Duus, Masayo. Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd
  • Halloran, Richard. Sparky: Warrior, Peacemaker, Poet, Patriot
  • Harris, Catherine. Dusty Exile: Looking Back at Japanese Relocation During World War II
  • Hanley, James A. A Matter of Honor: A Memoire
  • Honda, Hiroshi. Reflections of Internment: The Art of Hawaii's Hiroshi Honda
  • Ichinokuchi, Tad. John Aiso and the M. I. S.: Japanese-American Soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service, World War II
  • Irwin, Catherine. Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar
  • Ishigo, Estelle. Lone Heart Mountain
  • Kim, Young Oak. The Unveiling of an American Story
  • Knaefler, TK. Our House Divided
  • Komatsu, Kimberly. In America's Shadow
  • Kotani, Roland. The Japanese in Hawaii: A Century of Struggle
  • Lim, Deborah K. The Lim Report: A Research Report of Japanese Americans in American Concentration Camps During World War II
  • Malkin, Michelle. In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror
  • Matsuo, Dorothy. Silent Valor: The Story of the 442nd Medics
  • McNaughton, James C. Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II
  • Mochizuki, Ken and Lee, Dom. Heroes
  • Moulin, Pierre. U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres
  • Muller, Eric. Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II
  • Nakano, Mei. Japanese American Women: Three Generations, 1890-1990
  • Na and Rasmussen, Kai. The MISLS (Military Intelligence Service Language School) Album (Twenty First in the Combat Arms Series)
  • Nicholson, Dorinda. Pearl Harbor Warriors: The Bugler, The Pilot, The Friendship
  • Nomi. Nisei Odyssey - The Camp Years
  • Ogawa, Dennis M. Kodomo No Tame Ni--For the Sake of the Children: The Japanese American Experience in Hawaii
  • Ogawa, Dennis. To A Land Called Tengoku: One Hundred Years of the Japanese in Hawaii
  • Oppenheim, Joanne. Stanley Hayami: Nisei Son
  • Poston 1 Schoolchildren. Through Innocent Eyes: Writings and Art from the Japanese American Internment
  • Pyle, Ernie. Brave Men
  • Pyle, Ernie. Here is Your War
  • Sakamoto, Mitsuo. My Best World War II Souvenir: Chronicles of One Man’s Experiences in the United States Army
  • Steidl, Franz. Lost Battalions: Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944
  • Sterner, Douglas. Go For Broke: The Nisei Warriors of World War II Who Conquered Germany, Japan, and American Bigotry
  • Rooney, Andy. My War
  • Tamashiro, Ben. Remembrances 100th Infantry Battalion 50th Anniversary Celebration 1942-1992
  • Sakakida, Richard. A Spy in Their Midst: The World War II Struggle of a Japanese-American Hero
  • Susumo, Ito. Charlie Battery A Legend 522 FABN 1943-45Vol. 1
  • Zedric, Lance Q. Silent Warriors of World War II: The Alamo Scouts Behind the Japanese Lines
  • 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team
  • Bruyeres 50 Anniversaire de la Liberation
  • Due Process: Americans of Japanese Ancestry and the United States Constitution
  • Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942
  • General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Japanese Eyes American Heart: Personal Reflections of Hawaii's World War II Nisei Soldiers
  • Military Intelligence Service Language School U.S. Army: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Report to the Governor on Discrimination Against Asians: Public Hearing Conducted on March 3, 1973, Seattle, Washington
  • Standing Guard: Telling Our Stories