Go for broke

The Honolulu Advertiser reports that Veterans of the Army’s 442 Regimental Combat Team are gearing up for their 60th anniverary reunion. 800 veterans are expected in Honolulu for the reunion, which runs through Sunday.Donald Kameda, 82, is profiled in the article:

“You know, we fought against my older brother, Shigeo,” said Kameda as he paused to gaze at an acre of red-white-and-blue banners fluttering in the breeze. “He was studying at Meiji University in Japan when the war broke out and joined the Japanese navy.”

Kameda is the sole survivor of eight brothers, four of whom fought in World War II. Fred and Donald were in the 442nd; Robert, a younger brother, served as an Army interpreter in another unit.

And this:

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the privilege of being able to show you just how much the United States thinks of what you have done,” said President Truman as he pinned the last Presidential Unit Citation to the 100/442 colors. “You fought not only the enemy but you fought prejudice — and you won.”

Visit the 442’s Educational Foundation.

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