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Special Exhibit: From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII

During WWII, individuals of Japanese ancestry in the United States, predominantly American citizens, had their lives turned upside down. They were seen by many as the enemy, their loyalty to the nation was questioned and their basic rights were stripped as nearly 120,000 men, women and even children were confined in camps for years, without benefit of trial. Despite this treatment, 33,000 Japanese Americans served their country in Europe and the Pacific, earning numerous honors. The effects of these wartime experiences serve as a lasting reminder to the nation and the entire world of the often-fragile nature of a country’s principles in the face of war.

This special exhibit is on display through October 2014.

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Pub Quiz
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Test your knowledge of an array of topics, including World War II, at the Museum’s Pub Quiz. Play one round, or all six. The American Sector restaurant’s Happy Hour specials will be extended to players, who can also order off the restaurant menu.

 

Lunchbox Lecture
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
George Cholewczynski presents "The 70th Anniversary of Operation Market-Garden"
History remembers the American, British, and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into Holland during the ill-fated "Bridge too Far Episode." Not often remembered are the men of US AAF Troop Carrier Command who carried them there.

 

Special Presentation
Thursday, September 4, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 PM pm
"Challenging Internment" by Hiroko Kusuda
Hiroko Kusuda, Associate Clinic Professor at Loyola New Orleans College of Law, will present on one of her first client experiences: a legal case involving Japanese American incarceration and redress. RSVP now.

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August 23, 2014
Swingin' at the Canteen with the Victory Big Band!
6:00 pm dinner seating, 8:00 pm show only ticket
Stage Door Canteen

August 24, 2014
Sunday Swing featuring the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band
Dance lessons, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Live music, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

August 27, 2014
White Glove Wednesdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion

August 27, 2014
The Victory Belles "Spirit of America"
11:45 am buffet seating
Stage Door Canteen

August 27, 2014
Culture Collision 6
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

August 27, 2014
Pub Quiz
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen

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In our last blog post of the Road to Berlin countdown, we covered the Pushing Beyond the Beachhead and Race Across France exhibits within the Northern Europe: Breakout and Liberation gallery. Now, let’s examine the remaining WWII stories that will be told through this immersive gallery and the generous sponsor of these exhibits, the Collins […] Read More

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It’s been more than a month since I started my internship at The National WWII Museum now and I’d like to share my experience with you all. I come from Paris, France, where I was born. I recently graduated in Museum Studies and Military Heritage at the Ecole du Louvre and I decided to look for a […] Read More

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This is a very busy day in history. On this day: In 1812, the USS Constitution fought the battle that gave it the name ‘Old Ironsides.’ In World War II, boats (including the Higgins landing craft and the PT boats) were still made of dense woods. In 1839, the French Academy of Sciences heard a […] Read More

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High School Yearbooks from WWII

“Every day many men in the flower of their manhood die in battle.” So begins the introduction to ten pages of memorials to former students and alumni in President William McKinley High School’s Class of 1944 yearbook. Yearbooks from the WWII era offer a perspective on a world in upheaval that is both rich and uniquely personal. Of special note is alumnus Shigeo ‘Joe’ Takata, the first Japanese American to die fighting in WWII. Sgt. Takata, a member of the 100th Infantry Battalion, was killed in action on 29 September 1943 in the Salerno to Cassino Campaign.

View the yearbook in the Museum’s online collection, See You Next Year: High School Yearbooks from WWII, to find out more.


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D-Day Timeline

For over two and a half years the Allies planned and gathered their military strength to hurl into the decisive amphibious invasion of northern France and strike a mortal blow against the empire of Nazi Germany. In anticipation, Adolf Hitler stockpiled reserves across French coastlines into the Atlantic Wall defenses, determined to drive the Allied forces back into the sea. There will be no second chance for the Allies: the fate of their cause hangs upon this decisive day.

Here are pieces of the story of D-Day, told through the words and eyes of those who were there.

 

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