Japanese American Veterans Association

We are an educational, patriotic, fraternal organization dedicated to maintaining and extending the institutions of American freedom. Our members include veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Although the majority of our members are Americans of Japanese Ancestry, our members are not exclusively Japanese Americans.

President's Message

Howard S. High

In October, the towns of Bruyères and Biffontaine in France will celebrate the 80th anniversary of their liberation by the 100/442 Regimental Combat Team. LTC Rod Azama, USA (Ret), and I plan to attend the ceremonies to represent JAVA. While we don’t have all the details yet, if you are interested in joining us in France, please reach out through our website’s “Contact Us” page.

Call for Volunteers: JAVA is expanding our volunteer staff positions to support our growth and activities nationally. We are looking for volunteers in marketing, audio/visual operations, copywriting, and more! If you are interested in contributing to JAVA in any of these capacities, please let us know.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to JAVA. Together, we honor the legacy of Japanese American veterans and ensure their stories and contributions are remembered and celebrated.

Nisei Legacy

The Japanese American Experience in WWII and Its Legacy

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, mass hysteria erupted in America against all persons of Japanese ancestry. Nisei (American-born children of Japanese immigrants) were viewed as innately disloyal and were barred from enlisting in the armed forces. The 1,432 Nisei who were already in the U.S. Army in Hawaiʻi were placed in the 100th Infantry Battalion and shipped to Wisconsin for training and subsequently deployed to Italy for combat. Mike Masaoka, Executive Secretary of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), encouraged the Nisei to petition the government to allow them to serve in combat to prove their loyalty.

Masaoka believed a strong performance by the Nisei in combat was the best weapon to defeat racism and prejudice. In response to these petitions and the exemplary training record of the 100th Infantry Battalion, in early 1943 the U.S. Army formed the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, consisting of 4,000 volunteers from Hawaiʻi and the mainland, many from internment camps.

Scholarships

JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program

The Japanese American Veterans Association is excited to announce its annual Memorial Scholarship Program for 2024. The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students. Please join us on July 27, 2024, to recognize our 2024 Scholarship Recipients.