Robert Katayama

Hawaiian Nisei who served in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Being ordered to keep a diary that was later confiscated, ostensibly by the FBI

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Robert Katayama, son of a Japanese father and Hawaiian mother, left Farrington High School in Honolulu to volunteer for the United States military after the outbreak of World War II. He wanted to prove his patriotism for his country and was later surprised to learn that Nikkei on the mainland were also volunteering—despite being held in concentration camps by their own government. He served with the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit comprised entirely of Japanese Americans.(August, 1995)

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