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Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, March 26, 1946 [in Japanese]
Okine, Makoto: author
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine. He writes from Italy where he is stationed as a Nisei solder. The letter is mailed via New York by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he explains how Seiichi would receive 25.00 dollars of the military family allowance monthly. The government deducts 25.00 dollars from Makoto's salary monthly and mail a check to Seiichi. The process takes one or one and half months. He also writes about his brother, Masao, who is also stationed in Japan as a Nisei soldier. He expresses his interest in Japan and wishes that he was deployed in Japan as a Military Intelligence Service soldier. He always worries about his family in California and hopes that he would be discharged soon. The arrival date of the letter, April 4, 1946, is recorded.
The Okine Collection contains materials collected by Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine who were Issei flower growers in Whittier, California. It includes correspondence, photographs, financial documents, and a photo album. A large portion of the collection consists of family correspondence with Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, including letters from their Nisei children, Masao and Makoto Okine, both soldiers overseas during World War II, to their Issei parents incarcerated in the Rohwer incarceration camp in McGehee, Arkansas. The correspondence also includes letters from their relatives and friends who are former incarcerees in the camps during the war and have “resettled” in Chicago, Illinois as well as letters from the Okines’ family members in Hiroshima, Japan during the Allied occupation of Japan. In addition, the collection includes a family photo album compiled by Dorothy Ai Aoki, a Nisei daughter to the Okines.
2 pages, 8 x 8.75 inches, handwritten; 1 envelope
World War II--Military service--442nd Regimental Combat Team
Military service--Post-World War II service
Identity and values--Nisei
Identity and values--Family
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Okine Collection

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