World War II Incarceration: Jan. 1943

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At the encouragement of the Japanese American Citizens League the War Department forms an all Japanese American combat team composed of second-generation (Nisei) men. 

War Relocation Authority creates a questionnaire which it initially compels all internees over 17 to complete. Two questions generated controversy. One question read: “Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty, wherever ordered?” The second question read: “Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and foreswear any form of allegiance to the Japanese emperor, or any other foreign government, power, or organization?”