Fighting for Freedom: Nisei Soldiers and World War II - Free

by  National Museum of the U.S. Army

Program image

Learn about the courageous men and women of Japanese ancestry from Hawaii and the mainland United States who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, while some of their families were placed in War Relocation Authority Confinement Sites.

Second generation Japanese Americans, known as Nisei, demanded the right to join the armed forces during World War II. On February 9, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the relocation of Japanese Americans living on the west coast. 122,000 men, women, and children were sent to incarceration camps throughout the United States. Further, the government classified males of Japanese ancestry as enemy aliens. This classification disqualified them from military service. The Army later loosened this restriction in June 1942. Despite the odds, thousands of Nisei Soldiers bravely served in World War II.

During this Virtual Field Trip, explore the commitment, challenges, and sacrifices of the Nisei Soldiers. Participant will also examine Executive Order 9906, its impact on Japanese Americans living on the west coast and how military service was used as a strategy to advance civil rights.

Program Rating

This program has not yet been evaluated.
Book it!

About This Program


Point to Point: $0.00


This program is free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. ET.

Book it!

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo


National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources and demonstrations to learn how Nisei Solider participation in World War II. Participants will be encouraged to answer questions and solve problems. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


- Recognize the commitment, challenges, and sacrifices of Nisei Soldiers during World War II.
- Define Executive Order 9906 and describe its impact on Japanese Americans during World War II.
- Understand how military services has been used as a strategy to advance civil rights.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

State Standards

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

United States History to 1865
USI.7 The student will apply social science skills to understand major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II by
Explaining the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Explaining and evaluating the impact of the war on the home front.

Virginia Studies
VUS.11 The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II by
Analyzing the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the American response;
Evaluating and explaining how the United States mobilized its economic and military resources, including the role of all-minority military units (the Tuskegee Airmen and Nisei regiments) and the contributions of media, minorities, and women in the war effort.