Our Cultural Expanse: Asian & Pacific Islanders, 1941-1945

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

While Japanese Americans faced discrimination at home during World War II, they, along with Chinese, Korean,  Filipinos and Pacific Islanders, found other ways to contribute, including service in sister branches of the military. Totaling more than 150,000 service members of Asian or Pacific Islander decent, they fought alongside American forces to liberate their homelands from Imperial Japanese forces.

Today’s image features Lt. Susan Ahn Cuddy, the first Asian American woman in the service when she joined the Navy under the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program. The Seabee Museum has the distinct pleasure of hosting a talk and public presentation with Ms. Cuddy this Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.Panel2

Explore our parent command, Naval History and Heritage Command‘s historical presentation: Asian and Pacific Islanders.

For non-military presentations, visit the official website for Asian and Pacific American History Month.

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 18, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 51 Comments.

  1. In front of Breakneck Ridge. More in a week after I get home. 🙂
    https://goo.gl/photos/oMzG5ZVUwtjkRPvz6

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  2. No internet. 4G. Memorial table. Smitty at front right.
    https://goo.gl/photos/G6dGwZyYR9EdbfEF6

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  3. Ps Hot and humid! Can’t see how Smith and Uncle fought in this heat.

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  4. On Leyte now. Memorial svc tomorrow, Tues. Leyte time. Reporter with us too. https://www.flickr.com/gp/p47koji/eY6bi2

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  5. Hey GP, I think many of your readers may be interested in helping this retired General’s Day. http://guerrillacanteen.com/2015/07/19/a-call-to-action/

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  6. The figure 150,000 really shows how much contribution was made in the war effort, from people from other South East Asian nations.
    By any chance gp,has Ms Cuddy written an autobiography ?.

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  7. Excellent links, GP.

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  8. What a interesting story and I also didn’t realize how much they did! I have to agree with you that violence is getting worse. So senseless!

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  9. This is such a good reminder that it is the twisted thinking, not the race. that makes a justifiably hated enemy …

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  10. Nice tribute GP, and a good addition to your series on US Asians during the war.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. “The Good War”. That isn’t a phrase you here much nowadays, is it?

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  12. What a great post. I never knew how much Asian and Pacific Islanders were involved

    Thanks.

    Marcey

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  13. Very informative GP!

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  14. Yes GP. You can ask.. I have worked as a teacher with Muslims and Catholics and all sorts of others and have found that on a one on one basis most are honourable people. I do not like blaming one whole group of people because some total bastards behaved as if they were like all the rest.

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    • Oh, very true – I wouldn’t suggest such a thing. Every race, creed, nationality, religion, etc – they all have their good and their bad. It is the mob mentality that we have to fight, the people who antagonize others to rant and have the disease – GIMME – give me this and give me that, but I need not do anything for it!!! How insecure must they be to want to constantly be on TV or murder people to get their picture in the newspaper for their 15 minutes of fame?

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    • Sorry for ranting, it just seems everything is getting worse around here.

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      • My way of thinking is this. Australia is a strong and righteous country and we can survive all thecrap that is thrown our way. And I think you guys can too. So stand up and take it. You will win, just like we will.

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  15. Great post — the melting pot nature of our society is an important point to remember !!!!

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  16. Hey, GP, don’t you ever sleep. This post is a lot more important that some might realise. Today in Melbourne we had a nasty incident where anti-Muslims clashed with pro-tolerance demonstrators. What is important is that we learn that Japanese and other ‘foreigners’ were as solid American (and Aussie) citizens then, as 99.99% of all Muslims who have migrated to Australia and the US of A are now.

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    • I try to keep up on things, but [like today] I just spent an hour researching something (additional info for next week) and got no where – absolutely NO where. So, I guess it balances it out. I hope your trouble in Melbourne gets ironed out a lot faster than our problems have been lately. If anything else – with every group thinking only of themselves – things seems to be getting worse.

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