October 15, 2015
President Harry Truman honoring the Nisei 100/442 RCT with a Presidential Unit Citation on July 15, 1946
Patriotic Americans were treated like the enemy after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor just because their parents were from Japan. While doubts of their loyalty swept the nation, these young "Nisei," or second generation Japanese Americans, fought to prove they were 100% American by entering the U.S. Army. By the thousands they came, even from internment camps where they and their families were locked up just because of their Japanese ancestry. Their story became one of the shining examples of patriotic sacrifice in our nation's history. The 100th / 442nd Regimental Combat Team is one of the most awarded and acclaimed units in American history. The Military Intelligence Service (M.I.S.) saved countless lives using their knowledge of Japanese language and culture to help the Allies end World War II quickly in the Pacific. But the story is just the beginning. Their proud American legacy continues, but it may be lost as the veterans, who are now in their 80's and 90's, pass away. We must find ways to keep their story alive. Help us campaign to keep a national permanent record of the Nisei WWII soldiers with a U.S. postage stamp. The Postal Service must be convinced that the Nisei WWII soldier's story is a subject that "has stood the test of time, is consistent with public opinion and has broad national interest."
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