12 Facts About Korematsu

1. Toward the end of the war, Korematsu was allowed to work as a welder in Salt Lake City as long as he promised not to return to the West Coast.

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2. In 1998, Fred Korematsu was a fragile reed of a man.

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3. In 1999, Korematsu received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

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4. Fred Korematsu was a civil rights activist who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II all the way to the US Supreme Court.

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5. Fred Korematsu refused to obey the wartime order to leave his home and report to a relocation camp for Japanese Americans.

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6. In 2004, at the age of 84, Frank Korematsu filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief in support of Guantanamo detainees who were fighting against being held as enemy combatants by the Bush Administration.

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7. Fred Korematsu was a Japanese-American man who decided to stay in San Leandro, California; he knowingly violated Civilian Exclusion Order No 34 of the US Army, even undergoing plastic surgery in an attempt to conceal his identity.

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8. One of the last things Korematsu said was, "I'll never forget my government treating me like this.

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9. Fred Korematsu died of respiratory failure at his daughter's home in Marin County, California, on March 30, 2005.

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10. From 2001 until his death, Korematsu served on the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee.

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11. In the brief, Korematsu warned the Supreme Court that the restriction of civil liberties can never be justified, and had never been justified in the history of the United States.

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12. On June 12, 1942, Korematsu had his trial date and was given $5,000 bail.

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