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Nisei Veterans Memorial Service 2020


The Nisei Veterans Legacy is proud to bring you a 30 minute video of the 15th Annual Nisei Veterans Memorial Service (formerly called the Joint Memorial Service).  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Service which is traditionally held at Punchbowl Cemetery (National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), has been re-invented as a video.  It will be aired on Olelo (channel 53) on the following days and times:

Soldiering On


The Honolulu Magazine featured the stories of 17 World War II Nisei Veterans in a December 2019 article called, “Soldiering On.”  Veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service shared their memories of what they did after they returned to Hawaii from the war zone.

Day of Affirmation


On July 15, 1946, at 12 noon, the Nation paid tribute to the Nisei soldiers of the 100/442 Regimental Combat Team.  President Harry Truman, at a ceremony on the Ellipse, the south lawn of the White House, presented the Regiment with its seventh Presidential Unit Citation. He praised them for fighting and winning both the battle against the enemy in Europe and the battle at home against racial prejudice, urging them to keep up the fight for racial equality.

NVMC hosts “An Afternoon with the Author”


The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) in Maui announced its “An Afternoon with the Author” series.  The series will be conducted monthly via ZOOM teleconferencing starting July 18, 2020, at 1:30 pm, with award-winning author Julie Checkoway who wrote, “The Three Year Swim Club”.  (

Graphic Novel Honors Dan Inouye


The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is proud to announce the publication of a new graphic novel, Medal of Honor: Daniel Inouye.  Daniel Inouye personally witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequently volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became the most decorated unit for its size and time of service in the history of the U.S. Army. In April 1945, Second Lieutenant Inouye led an assault on German defenses in Italy, during which he was shot several times and had his arm blown off by a rifle grenade,  but continued fighting and...

Kaiser High School Honors the Nisei Veterans


In conjunction with Jayna Omaye of the Honolulu Magazine and the NVL, Kaiser High School students held a special history program to honor Hawaii’s Nisei Veterans on March 3, 2020.   The event was coordinated by Teacher Lory Dillon and conducted entirely by students including JROTC cadets.  Lynn Heirakuji opened the event by providing an overview of the Army units in which the Nisei Soldiers served during WWII. Veterans Shinye Gima, MIS, and Kenji Ego, 442nd RCT, spoke passionately about their experiences in the war and after the war, and fielded several insightful questions from...

MIS Veterans Education Society of Hawaii holds its Annual Shinnenkai


The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Veterans Education Society of Hawaii held its annual 2020 Shinnenkai at the Natsunoya Teahouse on January 26, 2020.  Incoming MIS President, Dr. Shinye Gima, MIS Veteran, invited Lynn Heirakuji, incoming President of the NVL, to speak about her career in Washington, DC.  Dr. Gima presented outgoing MIS President Larry Enomoto with an appreciation plaque for his many years of dedicated support. The event which was attended by seven MIS Veterans and many descendants also included the administering of the oath of office to the...

100th Combat Chaplain Israel Yost


The 100th Bn Veterans Club has arranged for a historic first-person interpretation presentation of the100th Battalion Combat Chaplain Israel Yost. The presentation will occur this Saturday at 10:00 am. This is a no charge event.

Please RSVP to Ann Kabasawa at  


2019 JMS Keynote Speech


Hundreds gathered at The National Cemetery of the Pacific for the 14th annual Joint Memorial Service honoring the AJA soldiers of World War II.

From left: Shinye Gima (MIS), Yoshiko and 442nd RCT veteran Robert Kishinami, Flint Yonashiro (442nd RCT), Kenji Ego (442nd RCT), Roy Fujii (442nd RCT), Mitsuo Honda (442nd RCT), Richard Murashige (442nd RCT), former Gov. George Ariyoshi, (MIS), Masaharu Saito (100th Btn.), Yoshinobu Oshiro (MIS), Jack Nakamura (100th Btn.), Kazuto Shimizu (...

Nisei Veterans Joint Memorial Service


The 14th Annual Joint Memorial Service, which honors those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Inteligence, and 1399th Engineering Battalion during World War II will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The public is welcome to attend.