Inventory of the Henry Ikemoto Collection SPC.2014.006

Finding aid prepared by June Kim
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Ikemoto, (Henry) Collection
Creator: Ikemoto, Henry, 1923-2009
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2014.006
Physical Description: 4 boxes 1.5 linear ft.
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1942-2013
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. Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online.
Language of Material: English .


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

For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

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 forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans, the Battle of Bruyeres, the Korean War, war memorials, and museum exhibits. The collection also includes 50 "separated books".

Related Material

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials please consult: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. 

Separated Materials

Books in this collection have been cataloged and shelved separately.

Availability of Digitized Materials

Some of the collection has been digitized and is available at the CSU Japanese American Project site: Henry Y. Ikemoto Collection. 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
Camp Shelby (Miss.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
Ikemoto, Henry, 1923-2009
Military Intelligence Service Language School (U.S.)


Series I: Archival Collection Material 1942-2013; undated

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 -1998

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

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

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

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

box 2, folder 2

Anti-tank Company 442nd Infantry History booklets 1945

box 2, folder 3

On Silent Wings: Military Gliders as Used in WWII booklet

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

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 2

box 2, folder 14

Spirit of Aloha, Vol 18, No 3 magazine clipping

box 2, folder 15

Special units of WWII

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

box 3, folder 1

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

box 3, folder 2

Pacific Rim Profiles booklet

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

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 2003; undated

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

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

box 4, folder 3

Japanese American Veteran biographies, printed resources

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

box 4, folder 8

"A Brief Account of the Korean War" booklet

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 undated

box 4, folder 15

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

box 4, folder 16

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


Series II: Books 1942-2013; undated


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 1943-45 Vol. 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