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Help support our 442nd veterans

Dear Friends of the 442nd RCT,In the past year the veterans of the 442nd RCT, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the MIS received much deserved recognition by being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery and heroism during World War II. They are the highest decorated military unit for its size and length of service in history and their post-war successes in life is also an amazing story.In March 2013, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team will celebrate their 70th Anniversary. We, the Sons and Daughters and friends of the Nisei veterans, are planning a weekend of events to bring them together from across the country and all fighting units to celebrate their friendships, their families, and their achievements during and after the war. In addition, at a Joint Memorial Service they will have the opportunity to solemnly honor their comrades killed in action and remember their veteran brothers of 70 years who have passed away.

Through these events, we also hope to inspire the next generation of young Americans to keep the Nisei soldiers’ legacy alive by gaining a deeper understanding of how the sacrifices, courage, and determination of their fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers and uncles have greatly influenced our nation as well as all of us personally. Therefore, our theme for this 70th year is “The Legacy Lives On” and we are involving the veteran’s descendants and young supporters with major roles throughout the weekend.

This letter is to ask for your support to help defray expenses for this celebration. A major part of our expense will be to honor every veteran and widow of a veteran by covering the cost of their meals at our official functions, including the Anniversary Banquet at the Hilton.

Today, many of the veterans are in their late 80’s and into their 90’s and are still active in the community, interested in the affairs of their country, and involved with friends and family. They continue to be amazing role models living exemplary lives with a sense of humor and grace.

With your support we will be able to give them a most memorable and fitting tribute in celebration of their 70th Anniversary. We hope you will find our purpose to be worthy of your support. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

Very Respectfully,

Clayton and Gwen Fujie, Co-Chairs
70th Anniversary of the 442nd RCT
Tel. 691-9693 or 888-9374

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70th Anniversary Activities

The activities in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, including the 100th Infantry Battalion, the Military Intelligence Service, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, veterans, families and friends, will consist of, and may not be limited, to the following.  Please register early as space is limited

Wednesday, March 20 –

9:00 a.m. Recognition at City Hall sponsored by Council Members Chang and Kobayashi

Friday, March 22–  Official start of Anniversary Celebration

8:00 am – 11:30 am – Optional Tour of Honouliuli Internment Camp

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – 100th Battalion Veterans Memorial Building (aka 100 Clubhouse or Club 100)

“At Ease” an informal Hawaiian style get-together.  Enter your international pupu from Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Hawaii and the mainland to win a prize!  Aloha shirt, mu’umu’u, shorts, tee-shirt!  Come and talk story with our veteran heroes.  442nd RCT Logo merchandise will be available for sale.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pmMeeting of the various Sons and Daughters organizations and individuals will meet to share their “living legacy” ideas and plans for the future.

Saturday, March 23–  Fort DeRussy Waikiki

9:00 am – 10:00 amRemembrance Service at Fort DeRussy

10:00 am – 11:30 amTour of the U.S. Army Museum at Fort DeRussy

11:30 am – 2:00 pm – “Just-like-the-old-days” 442 Family Picnic with bento, door prizes, games, a shadow box demonstration, shaved ice stand, 100/442 Manga book sales & Chibi logo merchandise

Evening – FREE for chapter get-togethers or relaxing inWaikiki.   (Item Chapter is already planning a party.  Place TBD. 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 24– Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel

9:30 am Hospitality Room for all chapters opened – Coral Ballroom I

10:30 am – Doors open to Coral Ballroom II, III, IV

11:00 am – 2:00 pm70th Anniversary Luncheon and Program  (including exhibits, photo taking, 442nd RCT logo merchandise sales, autograph signing, DVD/book sales)

Monday, March 25 –  Optional activities.

6:30 a.m.-  Special Tour of USS Arizona

11:00 a.m. – State of Hawaii Legislature recognition.  Bring your families to witness the honor

1:00 p.m.- Special Tour to Punchbowl, C-17 “Spirit of Go for Broke” and USS Missouri

6:30 p.m.“Valor With Honor” Documentary screening at The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre.  Meet writer/director, Burt Takeuchi, and stay for Q&A session after the screening.

All official activities will be FREE to Nisei veterans and widows of deceased veterans

For further information: Call Gwen Fujie at 691-9693 or 888-9374 or the 442nd Veterans Club at 949-7997

Print Schedule

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“They bought an awful hunk of America with their blood. You’re damn right those Nisei  boys have a place in the American heart, now and forever. We cannot allow a single injustice to be done to the Nisei without defeating the purposes for which we fought.”
General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell

Please help us honor the 442nd Regimental Combat Team on their 70th Anniversary scheduled for March 22 – 24, 2013. With your donation we will be able to host a weekend for veterans, widows, and their families and friends from across the country. To encourage participation by our Nisei veterans and widows of veterans from all units, we will cover the cost of their event meals, including the premier event – the 70th Anniversary banquet, and we need your help.

The activities planned for all of them, including the 100th Infantry Battalion, the Military
Intelligence Service (MIS), and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion are:

  • Friday, March 22nd – “At Ease” an informal social gathering at the 100th Infantry Battalion Clubhouse followed by a meeting of the various Sons and Daughters organizations to share their legacy plans for the future
  • Saturday, March 23rd – Joint Memorial Service at Fort DeRussy and a tour of the U.S. Army Museum followed by an old-fashion Family Picnic
  • Sunday, March 24th – 70th Anniversary Banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • Optional tours around the island and to various WWII sites are also being offered

Our Levels of Giving are divided into seven groups listing the seven campaigns the Nisei soldiers fought in from the beginning to the end of their European service. We’ve chosen to list them for educational purposes and in memory of those killed in action in those campaigns. (Please visit www.goforbroke.org for more information about the campaigns and the other battlesvaliantly fought by our Nisei soldiers.)

  • Naples – Foggia Campaign (Sept. 1943 – Jan. 1944) $1 – $99
  • Rome-Arno Campaign (Jan. 1944 – Sept. 1944) $100 – $499
  • Southern France Campaign (Aug. 1944 – Sept. 1944) $500 – $999
  • Northern Apennines (Sept. 1944 – April 1945) $1,000 – $2,999
  • Rhineland (Sept. 1944 – March 1945) $3,000 – $4,999
  • Central Europe (March 1945 – May 1945) $5,000 – $6,999
  • Po Valley Campaign (April 1945 – May 1945) $7,000 and up

All donors will be recognized in our official program booklet. “Central Europe” and “Po Valley Campaign” donors will, in addition, receive a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation from the 442nd RCT.

Please fill out the form below or download this donation form and mail.

Checks may be made to the 442nd Veterans Club and sent to 922 Wiliwili Street, Honolulu, HI 96826. Mahalo!

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Nisei Legacy Center Project Announced

 

Click to view KITV Interview 12-18-11

Click to view Informational Flyer

Click to view Maui News article 12-18-11

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Only The Brave

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CGM Hawaii Parade

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2012 Officers for the 442

The 442nd Veterans Club held it’s December Board of Directors meeting on Monday, December 5, 2011. The lunch meeting was held at the Maple Gardens Restaurant in Honolulu. In addition to normal business matters, the meeting also recognized the incoming officers for 2012. President Bill Thompson has elected to step down from his position after five years of superb leardership and representation of the Club. A job well done. Everyone at the luncheon expressed much appreciation for his efforts.

The new officers of the Club were sworn into their respective offices by George Nakasato, Chairman of the 442nd RCT Foundation. The officers for 2012 are:

Ron Oba:                      President

Wes Deguchi:               1st Vice President

Joe Oshiro:                   2nd Vice President

Wade Wasano:              3rd Vice President

Takashi Shirakata:         Treasurer

Esther Umeda:               Secretary

(Photograph by Wayne Iha)

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CGM Hawaii Event * December 17, 2011

 

A national ceremony for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal was held in Washington DC on Novemebr 2, 2011. Over 2,500 veterans and family members attended the three day event. The veteran organizations of Hawaii will be holding it’s own celebaration honoring the Nisei of World War II. The two day event will include a parade, luncheon and ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. For more information, go to the following website:

www.congressionalgoldmedalhawaii.com  

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Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honors Nisei Veterans

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Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony* Part 2

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Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony* Part 1

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2011 Joint Memorial Service

The sixth annual Joint Memorial Service was held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the National Memorial Cemetery fo the Pacific. The annual event is sponsored by the AJA Veterans Council. It recognizes and honors all four World War II nisei veteran units: The 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. The program was highlighted by Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, who gave the memorial address to a crowd of over 400. 

Click below to view photos taken by Wayne Iha, Clyde Sugimoto, Pat Thompson and Gary Saito.

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Bruyeres + Honolulu Event

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*Go For Broke Bulletin* June 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                          

         Click to view 442 GFB Bulletin-June

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100th-442nd RCT Golf Fundraiser

 The Bruyeres to Honolulu 2011 Committee will be holding a golf tournament to raise funds to help support the visit to Hawaii by the citizens of Bruyeres. For more information about the visit and this golf tournament, please contact Willard and Geralyn Holck: holckohana@hawaiiantel.net.

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