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Ben Kuroki

Ben Kuroki, American
A 1944 Time magazine article written just after draft boards began reclassifying Nisei for induction into the armed forces.

The Two Wars of Ben Kuroki
Good summary of Kuroki's battle to get into the military and his continuing battle against prejudice published in the September/October 2007 issue of Nebraska Life Magazine.

Ben Kuroki: First Japanese-American war hero, crusader for racial equality, and newspaper publisher
Written by E.A. Kral, this is one of the few detailed biographical pieces about Kuroki, providing further information about many aspects of Kuroki's life and wartime exploits.

Nisei Hero
A cartoon history of Kuroki's wartime exploits published in the May/June 1946 issue of True Comics..

WWII Hero Receives Prestigious Award
Newspaper article written on the occasion of Kuroki receiving the Distinguished Service Medal in 2005.

Hundreds gather to honor WWII hero
Article about the festivities at the world premiere of "Most Honorable Son" Aug. 1, 2007 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Proud to be Ben Kuroki’s kind of people
An editorial piece published in the Lincoln JournalStar extolling Kuroki's many virtues on the day after the premiere of "Most Honorable Son."


Japanese Relocation Centers
Provides the relevant facts and figures surrounding this shameful aspect of American history.

Children of the Camps
This PBS documentary program Web site explores the effects and significance of the fact that more than half of the Japanese Americans interned during WWII were children.

Children of the Camps: Internment History
Details the various historical markers strewn throughout the incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Incarcerating Japanese Americans
Article in the Magazine of History summarizing the legal and official steps leading to the creation of what even President Roosevelt would call "concentration camps."

Conscience and the Constitution
Focuses on Nisei draft resisters from the internment camps and the moral/legal issues raised by their actions.

POV -- Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu story
Korematsu lost a landmark Supreme Court case in 1944 challenging the forced internment of Japanese-Americans, but was vindicated after 40-year legal fight.

The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color: Asian Americans
A look at the various outlets Americans not of Japanese ancestry found for the psychological rage resulting from the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

World War II Bombers

The B-24 Liberator
A brief Wikipedia discussion of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, the four-engine American heavy bomber Kuroki flew in throughout his missions over Europe.

The B-29 Superfortress
Article on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the four-engine heavy bomber propeller aircraft Kuroki flew in during the Pacific theater missions.

NOVA -- The Last Flight of Bomber 31: The Bombers of World War II
Excellent summaries of the capabilities of many U.S. WWII bombers.

The American Experience -- Fly Girls: The B-29
Interesting background information about the B-29 and how the military convinced male pilots to fly the giant new B-29s by showing them that women could do it.

Miscellaneous related

Ploesti: Into the Mouth of Hell
The Aug. 1, 1943, long-distance, low-altitude bombing attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.

The Tuskegee Airmen
Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Treatment of Arab Americans Today (May 2001)
Examines the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II in the context of media treatment of media coverage of Arab Americans and Muslims in the United States today.

When to Watch

Most Honorable Son premieres
Sept. 17, 2007

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