Reflections on the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony

The day began with drama. My sister and I had come to the ceremony on behalf of our late father. She had gone to the Washington Hilton, headquarters for the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, to reconnoiter and register us. Some minutes later, she phoned me yelling, “Get over here. The buses are leaving for the ceremony!” […]

Choice gifts that educate about difficult choices made by Nisei during World War II

World War II brought some difficult choices for Japanese Americans, especially young Nisei men whose citizenship and idea of “America” was called into question. Some felt they had to prove their loyalty in the battlefield, and did so gallantly, and with high honor. Others felt compelled to prove their loyalty in the courts on constitutional […]

SUS ITO: The life of an American soldier and noted biologist

Susumu “Sus” Ito is renown within the medical field for his work with the gastronomical tract. Despite retiring as a professor from Harvard Medical School in 1990, the 92-year-old continues to go into the lab in Boston a few times a week to study. His work has won him recognition around the world and has […]

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 […]

JA Museum of SJ to honor Congressional Gold Medal recipients

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) plans to honor local recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal in November, pending approval of a joint resolution by Congress. The medal is the highest civilian award given by Congress. The honorees — members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, […]

Fundraising campaign to host celebration for honorees of Congressional Gold Medal

The National Veterans Network (NVN) has begun a fundraising campaign to support a two-day celebration event in Washington, D.C. in late fall to commemorate the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service members from World War II (WWII) — three groups composed entirely […]

JA veteran receives nation’s highest civilian honor just before passing

Menlo Park, Calif. — More than 100 people witnessed a historic event Feb. 3 involving a soldier from a historic World War II unit — the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit of its size from World War II. Robert Masami Iso, 92, served in the Army and received the Bronze Star and […]

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