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A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine in Hawthorne, California. This letter is probably written in Italy where Makoto is stationed as a U.S. Army soldier and mailed via New York by the U.S. Army Postal Service. He regrets not being able to write to his father for a long time because he did not know where his family has been. He also congratulates on the marriage of his sister, Hatsuno Hotty Okine. He assumes that his brother, Masao Okine, has arrived in Japan even though he has not heard from Masao yet. The handwritten notes on the back of the envelope read: The letter mailed on January 15, 1946 arrived on February 12 [in Japanese]. 1 page, 8 x 9 inches, handwritten 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.
World War II--Leaving camp--Returning home Community activities--Weddings Geographic communities--California Identity and values--Nisei World War II--Military service--442nd Regimental Combat Team Military service--Post-World War II service
Italy] Incarceration Camps--Rohwer
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections