Thank you
Mister President
and
 members of Congress
for correcting a
military injustice
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The following twenty-two Asian-American soldiers were 
finally recognized for their heroism when they received 
the nation's highest military decoration for valor
during a White House ceremony June 21, 2000.
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The Medal Of Honor

Our Nation's Highest Award for Military Valor 
"Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"
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The Recipients Were:
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Attended The Ceremony
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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.


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= Deceased
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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, 
for actions in November 1943 at Cerasuolo, Italy.

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, 
for actions on July 7, 1944 at Molina a Ventoabbto, Italy.
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= Posthumously
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Pvt. Mikio Hasemoto, 100th Infantry Battalion, 
for 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.

Staff 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.
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Other Recipients were:
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Before the White House ceremony, only two Asian Americans
had received the Medal of Honor for service in World War II. 
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Sgt. Jose Calugas of the Philippine Scouts 
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Pfc. Sadao Munemori, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
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Gold Star
Orchid
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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."
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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
forced from their homes, farms and businesses onto trains and
buses and into camps in isolated areas. They were placed
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.
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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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Amazing Grace
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