Programs & Education

Heritage Month Resources

May: Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month

Soldiers of Asian descent have served in the U.S. Army since the War of 1812. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Soldiers have attained every rank from private to chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Despite a history of oppression by the U.S. government, hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans have served proudly in the U.S. Army. As of 2020, around 6% of all Active Duty Soldiers are part of the AAPI community.

Virtual Field Trips


Fighting for Freedom: Nisei Soldiers and World War II


4 Japanese American Soldiers with weapons sitting in a jeep

The 442d Regimental Combat Team



Margaret Gee, 1923-2013
Daniel K. Inouye, 1924-2012
Young Oak Kim, 1919-2006
Ben Kuroki, 1917-2015
Hazel Ying Lee, 1912-1944
Fred F. Ohr, 1919-2015
Chikara “Don” Oka, 1920-2015
Ralph T. Yempuku, 1914-2002