What American ethnic groups took part in the military effort during World War II?

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All American ethnic groups took part in the military effort during WWII.  Some of them were not allowed to take as great a part as others (there were segregated units and most blacks weren't put in combat positions, for example), but all of them took part.

As a few examples, we have

  • Asians.  The Japanese-Americans took part in the war, though they were only allowed to fight in Europe.  The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most famous example.
  • Native Americans.  The Navajo "Code Talkers" are the most famous example of this.
  • Hispanics.  They were not segregated in their own units like blacks and the Japanese-Americans, but many served.  12 Hispanics won the Medal of Honor in the war.
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