Thank you
Mister President
and
members of Congress
for correcting a
military injustice





The following twenty-two Asian-American soldiers were finally recognized for their heroism when they received the nation's highest military decoration for during a White House ceremony June 21, 2000.




The Medal Of Honor
Our Nation's Highest Award for Military Valor
"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"



The Recipients Were


Attended The Ceremony

Staff Sgt.(later 2nd Lt.) Rudolph B. Davila, 7th Infantry,
for actions on May 28, 1944 at Artena, Italy.

Pvt. Barney F. Hajiro, 442nd Regimental Combat Team,
for actions in October 1944 at Bruyeres and Biffontaine, France.

Pvt. Shizuya Hayashi, 100th Infantry Battalion,
for actions on Nov. 29, 1943 at Cerasuolo, Italy.

1st (Later Capt) Daniel K. Inouye,
for actions against the enemy at San Terenzo on April 21, 1945

Tech. Sgt. Yeiki Kobashigawa, 100th Infantry Battalion,
for action on June 2, 1944 at Lanuvio, Italy.

Tech. Sgt. Yukio Okutsu, 442nd Regimental Combat Team,
for actions on April 7, 1945 at Mount Belvedere, Italy.

Pvt. George T. Sakato, 442nd Regimental Combat Team,
for actions on Oct. 29, 1944 in Biffointaine, France.









Deceased
Marked by 0ne gold star


Pfc. Kaoru Moto, 100th Infantry Battalion,
for actions on July 7, 1944 at Castellina, Italy.

Pvt. Masato Nakae, 100th Infantry Battalion,
for actions on August 19, 1944 at Pisa, Italy.

Pfc. Joe M. Nishimoto, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions on Nov. 7, 1944 at La Houssiere, France

Sgt. (later Staff Sgt.) Allan M. Ohata, 100th Infantry Battalion

Tech/Sgt, Army medic, James Okubo, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for extraordinary heroism in October and November 1944 Biffontaine

Pfc. Frank H. Ono, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions on July 4, 1944 at Castellina, Italy

Tech. Sgt. Ted T. Tanouye, 442nd Regimental Combat Team









Posthumously
Marked by two gold stars


Pvt. Mikio Hasemoto, 100th Infantry Battalion
actions on Nov. 29, 1943 at Cerasuolo, Italy

Pvt. Joe Hayashi, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions in April 1945 at Tendola, Italy

Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions on Oct. 20, 1944 at Bruyeres, France

Pfc. Kiyoshi K. Muranaga, 442nd Regimental Combat Team,
for actions on June 26, 1944 at Suvereto, Italy

Pvt. Shinyei Nakamine, 100th Infantry Battalion
for actions on June 2, 1944 at La Torreto, Italy

Pfc. William K. Nakamura, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions on July 4, 1944 at Castellina, Italy

Sgt. Kazuo Otani, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
for actions on July 15, 1944 at Pieve di S. Luce, Italy.

Capt. Francis B. Wai, 34th Infantry
for actions on Oct. 20, 1944 at Leyte, Philippine Islands.









Before the White House ceremony, only two Asian Americans
had received the Medal of Honor for service in World War II

Sgt. Jose Calugas of the Philippine Scouts

Pfc. Sadao Munemori, 442nd Regimental Combat Team




In honoring the 22 heroes, President Clinton said "It's long past time to break the silence about their courage. Rarely has a nation been so well-served by a people it has so ill-treated."

The President said immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans of Japanese ancestry were classified as "enemy aliens". "More than 120,000 of them were behind barbed wire in tarpaper barracks." Immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The men deeply imprinted their names in the annals of military history nearly six decades ago. Sadly, their heroic actions on the World War II battlefields of Italy, France and Germany went unrecognized.

Twenty of the Medal of Honor recipients were members of the Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion or 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The regiment, originally led solely by white officers, merged with the 100th battalion in 1944.







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