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From: "Linda McKenna" <>
Subject: Re: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 21:42:13 -0400
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You have a point, of course, and may be stats would show that.
Nothing but shame in how we treated the Japanese.
We have a friend, 2nd generation American, yet he and his parents
suffered this disgrace and lost everything.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Gretz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 12:08 AM
Subject: RE: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership

> Linda,
> It is an assumption on my part of course that European Americans were
> probably steered to the Pacific in the majority while the Japanese
> were sent to the Atlantic; most notably the 442 Regimental Combat Team
> was one of the most decorated units in Europe. It was probably much
> for European Americans to blend into Atlantic combat units and I am sure
> they were there in a variety of roles.
> Everybody pretty much is familiar with the deportation of Japanese
> to camps in the US during WW2 under the guise of "protecting them" after
> attack on Pearl Harbor. The anti-Japanese sentiment was pretty strong in
> America during that time. I would not be surprised in the least if German
> Americans were in the Atlantic theater but would suspect that there was
> still strong reluctance on the part of the War Department at the time of
> using ethnic Americans in a combat theater where combat was taking place.
> Ron
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linda McKenna [mailto:]
> Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 3:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [BANAT-L] AKdFF membership
> Hi Ron,
> A very thoughtful writing.
> Am curious though about the comment of German Americans not being
> to the Atlantic Theatre. My father and uncle and most of their "Banat"
> descendent friends were indeed sent to fight there. My grandparents
> emigrated here in 1907 and 1909. Grandpa from Kowatschi and Grandma from
> Grossjetscha.
> They had relatives that remained in that area. Most of whom contact
> lost.
> Linda
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