Japanese-Americans and World War II

The naivete expressed by Ida C. Mapes in her letter of Oct. 1 concerning the reparations to Japanese-Americans is almost beyond comprehension.

Ms. Mapes in her diatribe against the paying of reparations to innocent people who lost their homes, estates and livelihood as a result of congressional wartime panic should read again what she has written. Would she really have preferred imprisonment to rationing, long lines, blackouts, smoke screens and swing and graveyard shifts? I think not.

The letter writer's concern for American men who fought in insect-infested jungles of the Pacific apparently does not extend that concern to American men, albeit of Japanese ancestry, who fought the Germans in Europe. Note for example the outstanding battle record of the 442nd.



For the Record Los Angeles Times Wednesday October 12, 1988 Valley Edition Metro Part 2 Page 9 Column 1 Zones Desk 1 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction A letter to the editor about Japanese-Americans and World War II published on Saturday was mistakenly attributed to Lyn Hayes of Encino. The writer was Ed Kysar of Reseda. Hayes' letter on Metro Rail appears today on this page.
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