SERVICE, SACRIFICE AND SELFLESSNESS: Sacramento honors WWII veterans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Soaring six stories high in the courtyard, the California State Museum’s Constitution Wall proclaimed in huge words “rights,” “redress,” “without discrimination” and “liberty” to the some 300 well-wishers of the Japanese American World War II veterans honored on May 26. This was the striking backdrop as Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) presented almost […]

Nisei war veteran donates Congressional Gold Medal to UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — Dr. Kenji Sayama is one of University of California, Berkeley’s staunchest supporters. He is forever grateful to the university for taking the extra step in sending his diploma in 1942 to the Santa Anita Assembly Center — despite being a few weeks shy of graduating as a senior. That action, under the […]

San Francisco Nisei veterans honored

In a brief, emotion-filled ceremony highlighted by words of praise from House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Japanese American veterans who served in World War II were honored at the Congressional Gold Medal Northern California Regional Tribute on April 22 in San Francisco’s Japantown. In all, more than 350 people, some of whom traveled as […]

LETTERS: Effort under way to honor Nisei veterans with a stamp

Dear Editor: I urge all of your readers to write to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to support the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) efforts for a proposed commemorative stamp series honoring the World War II military units that received the Congressional Gold Medal. The Nisei soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat […]

Ceremony to honor medal recipients Feb. 2012 in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Community leaders and Congressional leaders are organizing an event to honor veterans, their family members, as well as the widows, who unable to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony that was held in Washington, D.C. The event is being scheduled to take place in San Jose’s Japantown in February of 2012. The […]

Nikkei veterans meet with other medal recipients

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Japanese American war veterans who received one of the highest U.S. awards this week met for the first time with Navajo and African American recipients of the same honor for a celebratory dinner on Nov. 5, involving the three historically segregated military units. The other groups received the Congressional Gold Medal […]

U.S. honors Japanese American veterans for service during World War II

WASHINGTON — A ceremony to award Japanese-American veterans with one of the highest honors in the United States for their service during World War II was held Nov. 2 at the U.S. Capitol. Former members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service received the Congressional Gold Medal in front […]

Two days of festivities planned to celebrate Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Oct. 5 signed into law the congressional bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Nisei who served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Six Nisei World War II veterans and other officials participated in the […]

Obama signs bill granting JA soldiers highest honor

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation Oct. 5 granting the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honor, to thousands of Japanese American soldiers who fought on World War II battlefields or conducted key intelligence operations, the White House said. The text of the legislation cites the exploits of three army units […]

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