26 February 2016

Site of Little-Known Japanese Internment Camp Found Near Anchorage on Military Base

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — Alice Tanaka Hikido clearly remembers the bewilderment and sense of violation she felt 74 years ago when FBI agents rifled through her family's Juneau home, then arrested her father before he was sent to Japanese internment camps, including a little-known camp in pre-statehood Alaska.

The 83-year-old Campbell, California, woman recently attended a ceremony where participants unveiled a study of the short-lived internment camp at what is now Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Archaeologists working on the research used old records to pinpoint the camp location in an area now partially covered by a parking lot. The Army study is expected to be finalized later this year.

Just another chapter added to something that shouldn't have happened. But it did, and I for one am tired of modern Americans trying to whitewash our history.

We should learn from our history, instead of trying to erase it.


Old NFO said...

It's our history, like it or not. And the revisionists weren't there, and their hindsight wasn't available back in the day. Our forefathers did the best they could with what they had. It's up to us to admit that.

Rev. Paul said...

I concur, NFO. It's just the way it was, and no amount of mealy-mouthed whining is going to change that.

Guffaw in AZ said...

AMEN, Brother!
I love our Republic - warts and all!


Lisa said...

I've been having this discussion with my 16 yr old (junior in high school). She tells me about her history lessons but they diffidently are not the same history I learned. Facts are being left out or rewritten to make the truth less painful. Americans are fence sitters. Get off the fence and stop worrying about being PC. I know preaching to the choir and all. Burns my bubble as my Dad used to say.

Rev. Paul said...

Lisa, the scenario you paint is precisely why we home-schooled both our daughters. It took us a bit of searching to find a history book that was historically accurate, but finally had success with A Patriot's Guide.