1945 June 14
Article discussing the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross being awarded to two internees from the Rohwer Relocation Center for their service in the war.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 Japanese Americans, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers where in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. These camps were open from October, 1942, to November, 1945, with over 16,000 Japanese Americans having been incarcerated during that period. Joseph Boone Hunter was born on December 27, 1886, and died in September 1987. His career included teaching in public schools and colleges, serving as army chaplain with active foreign service, missionary work in the Far East and Middle East, the United States Civil Service, and a score of interim pastorates. In Arkansas, Dr. Hunter served at Rohwer Relocation Camp where he was in charge of the school, hospital, and social welfare, as well as his own church service.
Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; Internment camps; Military camps; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.); United States. Army. Infantry Battalion, 100th; United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 442nd
McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)
MFILM NEWS 000476, Roll 7
Newspaper microfilm collection: McGehee Times, MFILM NEWS 000476
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Newspaper article, "Military Minutes: Silver Star, D.S.C. Awarded 2 Soldiers from Rohwer Center", Newspaper microfilm collection: McGehee Times, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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United States History
Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869
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