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Go for Broke National Education Center Collection

About this Collection

The Go for Broke National Education Center Collection contains materials from the Go for Broke National Education Center. The Hanashi Oral History Program subcollection is comprised of approximately 1,100 oral histories of Japanese-American WWII veterans and their contemporaries in the war effort gathered by the Go for Broke National Education Center. The mission of this program, initiated in 1998, is to gather and preserve the life stories of Japanese American war veterans. Interviewees include Senator Daniel Inouye and others who were highly decorated for their service and bravery as they reflect on the historical significance of WWII, their reasons for serving, the incarceration of their families in camps, their service in segregated Japanese-American combat units, and the complexities of their wartime experiences. The Hiroshi Sugiyama Collection, circa 1941-1945, is comprised of photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, and bound volumes relating to Hiroshi Sugiyama, a medic who served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II. The subcollection focuses on Sugiyama’s military service, as many of the items are military regalia that show signs of Sugiyama’s personalization. A portion of the photographs and correspondence are personal in nature. Some items of note are letters from Sugiyama to family members incarcerated in camps and Sugiyama’s posthumously awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals. Materials are in English and Japanese. Materials from the Hanashi Oral History Program and Hiroshi Sugiyama Collection, circa 1941-1945 are part of the L. A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project. Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USC Libraries are digitizing this collection for public access. View this collection on the contributor's website.

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