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Historical Timeline: 1946

Tule Lake camp on March 20, 1946. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

March 20, 1946
Tule Lake Segregation Center, which held the largest number of incarcerees throughout the war, becomes the last incarceration center to close.

May 1946 The Military Intelligence Service Language School in Fort Snelling, MN, graduates its last class of students. In June, it moves back to California and is renamed the US Army Language School.

The old round tower at Fort Snelling. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Nisei soldiers are welcomed home. View from aboard the ship, approaching New York Harbor. Notice the words “WELCOME HOME” in white in the center of the photograph. Courtesy of Hiroshi Mizuki.

July 4, 1946 The 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team returns from Europe, sailing into New York Harbor on the SS Wilson Victory. They are greeted by cheering crowds.
July 15, 1946 At a parade and ceremony held in Washington, DC, President Harry S. Truman pins the Presidential Unit Citation on the 100th/442nd RCT colors: “You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice – and you have won.”

President Truman walks past members of the 100th/442nd RCT as they stand at attention. Washington, DC July 15, 1946. Courtesy of Abbie Rowe, National Archives and Records Administration.

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