Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve, educate and advocate how the Japanese American World War II soldiers’ loyalty, courage and patriotism embody American values and shape future decisions about justice and equality in our democracy.

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An American Story

We share the extraordinary stories and lessons of the Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II.

Watch the Nisei Soldier Story

Our Impact

Inspired and engaged more than
18 million people
across the country & around the world

Our Work

Museum Exhibition

Visit the special exhibition dedicated to the Japanese American WWII soldiers at the new National Museum of the United States Army.

Curriculum

Download our newly created elementary and middle school curriculum, created in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Digital Exhibition

Visit the digital exhibition created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, honoring the life stories of 12 different soldiers who served during World War II.

Nisei Video Contest

A video contest for high school students asked to interpret and share the Nisei soldier experience. Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

Social Media Campaign

A social media campaign encouraging other veterans and families to share their stories of what it means to be an American.

White House Visits

Since the inception of the NVN, veterans of the 100th, 442nd and MIS have been invited to the White House where they were recognized for their military service.

They Were All American

American Soldiers of Japanese Ancestry delivered a powerful lesson in citizenship during World War II. Their values – loyalty, courage, patriotism – are timeless statements about being American. Rising above fear and prejudice, they wrote an unrivaled battle history that remains legendary, even today. It’s an American story for the ages.

– General Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army (Retired)
Incarcerated after Pearl Harbor, they fought bravely in World War II.

After Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria in America reached a fever pitch. Executive order 9066 created military zones in Hawaii and on the West Coast. People of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and herded into camps. They lost homes, businesses and personal belongings. Conditions in the camps were abysmal. Nevertheless, thousands of young men volunteered to fight for America.

66 years later, Congress recognized them with a Congressional Gold Medal.

They joined the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units played crucial roles in European combat and decoding Japanese communications. They proved that, in America, shared values, not ancestry, determine allegiances. More than six decades later, Congress recognized their achievements with a Congressional Gold Medal. This is their story.

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