The “Remember Pearl Harbor” Battalion to Celebrate Its 80th Anniversary,
Still Committed to Postwar Motto, “For Continuing Service”
Honolulu, Hawaii — Descendants and supporters of the World War II 100th Infantry Battalion will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the unit’s formation this month. The 100th Battalion, originally comprised of Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) soldiers from Hawaii, was formed as a segregated unit on June 12, 1942, against a backdrop of distrust and animosity.
Watch two 30-second vignettes featuring students who participated in the Nisei Impact Youth Journalism project
Watch two 30-second vignettes featuring the high school students who participated in the Nisei Impact Youth Journalism project (see Latest News entry below). Students Marisa Fujimoto, Kensington Ono, and Shane Kaneshiro talk about why the legacy of the Nisei soldiers is important to them as young people. The vignettes will be aired numerous times on KITV during the months of May through July 2022.
Lynn Heirakuji, NVL President was recently invited to be a guest on “Island Focus”, which devoted an entire 30-minute episode on service for Hawaii’s veterans. The show was filmed in April 2022 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Lynn shared about her father, a Nisei Veteran, and what the NVL does to further its educational mission. Island Focus is a bi-monthly program hosted by Lyla Berg and produced by ‘Olelo Community Media as a community service.
The NVL partnered with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in launching the Nisei Impact Youth Journalism Program that ran from December 2021 through March 2022. Students from four public and private Oahu high schools volunteered to participate in the program which taught them journalism skills using the Nisei Soldier experience as the story line. On April 5, 2022, the NVL hosted a celebration ceremony at the Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Oahu, to showcase the journalistic accomplishments of the students.
Hawaii Herald Article, “An Unlikely Friendship: Italian American Nicholas Iosue Mistaken for AJA Leads to Lifelong Friendships”
Carmine Iosue, adult son of World War II Veteran, Nicholas Iosue (deceased) has touching memories of his dad who formed a strong bond of friendship with members of the 442nd RCT on the battlefield. Nicholas was severely wounded in Italy and while in a field hospital, was mistakenly assumed to be Japanese because of his name. When given the option of being placed in a Caucasian field hospital, he chose to stay with his new Japanese American friends and remained in touch with them after the war.
Due to covid restrictions the in-person Nisei Soldiers Memorial Service typically held at Punchbowl Cemetery was canceled for the 2nd year in a row. Instead, the Nisei Veterans Legacy produced a 30-minute video commemorating the event with the theme, “Continuing to Strive for Liberty and Justice for All”. The video which was released on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, features Jake Shimabukuro, General David Bramlett (retired), and Caitlin Shishido (granddaughter of a Nisei Soldier). Central Pacific Bank provided generous funding to produce the video.
The HISTORY Channel will broadcast a 1-hour documentary entitled, “Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII” on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, at 6 p.m. Hawaii time. Confirm your TV listings for this and any future showings. The show tells the inspiring story of the Nisei Soldiers who served in the 100th/442nd RCT and the Military Intelligence Service during WWII.
NVL is partnering with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Report for America to provide a free three-month pilot program for high school students interested in learning about journalism basics and the stories of Hawai‘i’s Nisei Soldiers of WWII. Jayna Omaye, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s ethnic and cultural affairs reporter will be the leader and teacher for this program, which begins in early December.
Listen in on Lynn Heirakuji’s podcast interview with Nolan Hong on Hanging Out with Nolan Hong. Lynn shares stories about her father who was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, her 30-year career with the federal government, what it was like working at the Pentagon, and being in Washington, D.C. when 9/11 happened. She talks about how the legacy of the Nisei Soldiers of WWII affected her life and career.