JAPANESE AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION

The Japanese American Veterans' Association, Inc. (JAVA), is a fraternal and educational organization with many purposes: Preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members;  Perpetuating the memory and history of our departed comrades;  Educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII; and Striving to obtain for veterans the full benefit of their entitlements as veterans.
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Al Goshi and Guest Speaker Dr. Caravalho, MG (Ret)
Wade Ishimoto Displaying Japanese American MIA Vietnam Flag
Rod Azama
Father Richard Kim Giving the Blessing
JAVA Fall Luncheon 2018
Neet Ford and Royce Nakatani
Linda Bethke-Cyr, Taeko Lee, Henry Cyr, Rich Huh
Kurt Takushi, Yumi Takahashi, Maria Yee and MG Garrett Yee
Art Kim, Father Richard Kim and Wade Ishimoto
Gerald Yamada. James McNaughton, Michael Baker
Guest Speaker Dr. Caravalho, MG (Ret) and Father Richard Kim
Rod Azama, MG Garrett Yee, Floyd Mori, Dr. Caravalho, MG (Ret), David Lee
Jacob Baker, Rod Azama and Michael Baker
Nick Hashimoto and Floyd Mori
Father Art Kim and Wade Ishimoto
Mark Nakagawa, Floyd Mori and Al Goshi
Nick Hashimoto, Art Kim and Father Richard Kim
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Military Medicine at the JAVA Fall Luncheon

Gathering at the Harvest Moon Restaurant in Arlington, VA, a group of forty JAVA members and special guests shared a meal and celebrated friendship. JAVA members felt fortunate to have an out-of-town visitor, Father Richard Kim (the brother of JAVA member Art Kim), offer the blessing. By way of introduction, Secretary Wade Ishimoto related the extraordinary experience of the Kim Family who were involved in the Korean independence movement in the late 1920s. Concerned about safety in their homeland which was under Japanese control, the family escaped to Shanghai, China in 1928. In time, three Kim brothers would join the US Army. Richard Kim served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam before becoming ordained as an Anglican priest. Following the blessing, members enjoyed a hearty lunch and listened to Dr. Caravalho, MG speak about Military Medicine and his work at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF). Dr. Caravalho’ s career included serving as Army Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Medical Command, as well as Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In his presentation, Dr. Caravalho discussed how Military Medicine’s focus on injury data collection and scientific analysis has improved the treatment and outcome for American soldiers. He then described the Henry M. Jackson Foundation’s unique role in moving research in military medicine forward. Essentially, as Dr. Caravalho explained, HJF acts as the “connective tissue” between private partners and DoD medical researchers to benefit our nation’s warfighters. Before Secretary Ishimoto brought the meeting to a close by uniting members in singing “God Bless America, longtime JAVA member Floyd Mori, who has served as CEO at both APAICS and JACL, bade his farewell and urged all to visit him at his new home in Utah.


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Brief History of WWII Internment Camps featuring JAVA Members 

In 2010 JAVA teamed up with Montgomery County Public Schools to produce a series of educational videos on the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII. The videos feature Gerald Yamada, Norman Ikari, Grant Hirabayashi, Grant Ichikawa, Mary Murakami, Kelly Kuwayama and Terry Shima. Watch below or click here to watch.


1946 Speech by Captain Thomas E. Crowley

Patrick Crowley, the son of Captain Thomas E. Crowley of E Company, 442, recently shared with JAVA a copy of a speech his father gave to different West Coast communities to ease the way for resettlement as interned Japanese Americans returned to their hometowns. In his remarks, Captain Crowley, in an effort to combat anti-Japanese American sentiments, eloquently describes the heroism of Nisei soldiers, and reminds his audience of the ideals of American democracy.  Please read his speech here.

Comprehensive Survey of JAVA's 25-year History Released

Our research archive (see tab at top of page) now houses an extensive history of the first 25 years of the organization. Please click here to read.

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