The USPS has announced that the official release date of the Go For Broke Japanese American Soldiers of World War II Forever Stamp is Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.
At long last, through the Ganbari of a dedicated group of volunteers and support of local, state, and national organizations and lawmakers, the US Postal Service is issuing a postage stamp honoring the Nisei Soldiers of World War II. Read the amazing story of how, in these divisive times, the Nisei were again the catalyst that united Americans to achieve this noble goal.
On 11 Nov, at 6:30 pm Hawaii time, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Service will be presented on KIKU TV. The program features Gov. George Ariyoshi; Major General Suzanne Vares-Lum; Jon Teraizumi, grandson of Nisei veteran Makoto Kunimune; and more. Musical performances by Sandy Tsukiyama, daughter of Nisei veteran Ted Tsukiyama, and Alan Miyamura. With military honors conducted by the 100th Battalion 442d Infantry Regiment.
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:
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.
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.
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”. (https://juliecheckoway.com/book/ )
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...
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...