Japanese Canadians Serving in World War II

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Toru Iwaasa joined the Royal Canadian Engineers Canadian Army at Lethbridge on June 10, 1941 and served in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe until February 20, 1946.
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Prior to the bombing of the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, many young Japanese Canadian men had enlisted and were accepted in the Canadian armed forces when Canada declared war against Germany (September 10, 1939). Once Canada joined the allied war effort against Japan on December 7, 1941 many were demoted to routine service on Canadian bases.

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Audio transcript features Flo Senda speaking about some who joined the army, 1988

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