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Two Japanese American Soldiers, Two Best Friends, And a Crossroad


Tec/5 Kay Kei Kusumi; CIB

As a result of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the Kusumi family were resettled in the internment camp known as Granada War Relocation Center, Colorado; otherwise known as Amache. Seeing the conditions that were present, Kay knew that he could not live in such a place. There were no opportunities for him in such a place; thus, he chose to enlist in the army.
On May 7, 1943, Kay was inducted at Fort Logan, Colorado. He then transferred to Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he began his basic military training. Afterwards, Kay was placed into the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Service Company. For the next three years he spent with the 442nd, he went on the following campaigns: Northern Apennines,Italy; Po Valley,Italy; and Rhineland, Germany.

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Private Kay K. Kusumi
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