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Clarion Ledger: Bearded Motorcyle Riding Historian to Tell Story of 100th Japanese American Battalion

posted by Randall

100th Infantry Battalion photo from Go for Broke National Education CenterA bearded white man with a bandana atop his head wearing a denim jacket and riding a Harley Davidson might be the last person you’d think would tell the story of the 100th Japanese American Battalion (photo courtesy Go For Broke National Education Center)

But that’s what’s going to happen on the television program American Ride on BYU TV, reports the Clarion Ledger.

Historian Stan Ellsworth rides into Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

That’s where the 100th Infantry Battalion was transferred to about 9 months into their service.

“It was because of the success of the 100th Battalion that the Army decided to open military service to all young American men from Japanese ancestry,” Ellsworth said.

You can read about the episode and find out more about Camp Shelby’s relationship with the Battalion in the Clarion Ledger.

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