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, […]

Independent filmmaker gives 442nd a voice

Burt Takeuchi graduated with a degree in biology from San Jose State University in 1995, but in his latest venture, the only thing he’s dissected was hours of oral history interviews. The Sansei native of West Los Angeles, who grew up in the San Jose area, is a Screen Actors Guild member who has played […]

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 […]

U.S. ex-POW says door to reconciliation opened with recent visit to Japan

TOKYO — The visit by six former American prisoners of war to Japan has opened the door for reconciliation and it should be opened more, said one of the six, Lester Tenney, who survived the 1942 Bataan Death March as a captive of the Imperial Japanese Army. In an interview with Kyodo News in Tokyo […]

New Mexico high school named after Nikkei veteran

GALLUP, N.M. — Some 300 people gathered at Hiroshi Miyamura High School on Sept. 4 to celebrate the dedication and naming of the school, said principal Frank Chiapetti. Hiroshi “Hershey Miyamura” was born in Gallup, and graduated from Gallup High School, before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served as a member of the 442nd […]

New film portrays 442 with honor, dignity

World War II is the defining period of Japanese American history. There’s the concentration camps, the resisters, the no-no boys and, of course, the 442nd and 100th infantries. Anyone with an interest in Nikkei culture and history should be familiar with the story of the all-Japanese American combat units — they were so important to […]

Senate approves bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Nisei vets

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 3, the U.S. Senate approved S.B. 1055, legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service (MIS). The bill must be approved again by the U.S. House of Representatives before it can be submitted to President […]

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