442 RCT/Nisei Veteran Events

Ceremony At Biffontaine

October 19, 2013 – Biffontaine, France

Over 300 gathered, including sons and daughters, family and friends of the 442, to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the town of Biffontaine. The ceremony took place in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, at the place call Terminal 6, where the battle of the Lost Battalion took place.

Mr. Valentin, Deputy Mayor of Biffontaine, gave the follow speech:

Dear officials,  Ladies and Gentlemen, My dear friends,

Today, the town of BIFFONTAINE, surrounded with the committee of Terminal No. 6,  is honored by your visit and thank you warmly. At the dawn of the 70th anniversary of the liberation, we are here to prove that forgetting does not exist between our two countries.

In this little area in the Vosges, humble as we are in front of that stone monument, we all bow before our heroes’ courage, in respect and silence.

Today we’re thinking of those young people who came from a beautiful faraway country and who gave their youth and life to our country. They sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Remembering that shows to their families and to you all, my friends, that their supreme sacrifice was not vain.

That sacrifice gave France back its place in the world and helped to fight against the murderous madness of Nazism.

In front of that monument, erected on a site where fierce fightings occurred, we must remember that Freedom is never fully achieved. It is still fragile and it is our duty, to all of us, from the youngest to the eldest, to ensure that freedom and peace remain.

Those thousands of dead people, whose memory will remain etched in our hearts, must be recognized as they should be and that memory must hang over our forests.

In order that our descendants can remember, it is up to us to pass on the History and to preach again and again for a lasting peace between all peoples.

A country must remember the past to build the future.

Before we temporarily leave each other, I’d like to pay my last respect to Jean BIANCHETTI who died on August 10th. He was, with George HENRY, the founder of the monument Terminal No. 6. I wish to express here my gratitude to his family.

I wish you all a great day in BIFFONTAINE.

 

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Oahu AJA Veterans Council 8th Annual Joint Memorial Service

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The Oahu AJA Veterans Council 8th Annual Joint Memorial Service was held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  Barbara J. Tanabe served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.  The program included Col. Gene Castagnetti, USMC, Ret. Superintendent, NMCP who gave the “Welcome” and Brigadier General James T. Hirai, U.S. Army, Ret. was the Keynote Speaker.  Veterans from the numerous veterans groups were in attendance.

We would like to thank Chairman Byrnes Yamashita for his superb coordination of this event, it was a great success.  Our mahalo to all who assisted in this service.

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Speech on 70th Anniversary of the 100th Infantry Battalion

Thank you to Judge Thomas K. Kaulukukui, Jr. for allowing us to post the speech he gave at the 100th Infantry Battalion’s 70th Anniversary Banquet on July 8, 2012 at the Honolulu Country Club.

Good Morning to All.
I humbly offer all honor and respect to the Great Spirit who has made this day and who has given us a humble part in it; and to the sands of your birth, wherever that may be; to the memory of our ancestors; to the elders who are present; and to the leaders and other guests in attendance; and most of all, I bow in respect to the veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, and to their descendants and other family members here today, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 100th Battalion.

I was invited to offer my thoughts on the contributions of the 100th Battalion to the community. I was born in 1945, so I am a member of the “baby boomer” generation—the generation after the 100th Battalion veterans. This is the vantage point of my perspective. Most of you already know the specifics of some or most of the contributions of these veterans, but I humbly offer my own brief but broad perspectives on this topic. I have entitled my remarks “The Essence (S-sense) of the 100th Battalion’s Contributions to the Community.”  I say “S-sense” because I will speak of 3 Ss. Read more »

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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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100th Infantry Battalion***Annual Banquet

“Thanks For The Memories” was this year’s theme for the veterans of the 100th as they celebrated their 69th Anniversary Banquet. The event was held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the Honolulu Country Club. Approximately 300 veterans, family members and friends participated in the event. The program featured a video presentation on the history of the Club 100 Clubhouse and past memories from the younger generation growing up with the veterans. Dr. Cass Nakasone, a grandson, gave the keynote address.

Congratulations to the 100th’s Banquet Committee for a job well done!

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Community Exhibit Honors the Legacy of the Veterans

Sons, daughters and friends have refreshed the “Honoring the Legacy” Exhibit at Central Pacific Bank in downtown Honolulu.

The AJA Veterans Exhibit Committee include sons, daughters and friends of the veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion (100th), the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (442nd), and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). The Exhibit Committee creates exhibits on the four principal AJA units – the 100th, the 442nd, the MIS, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion (1399th). Alvin Yoshitomi and Eileen Sakai are the 442nd Sons & Daughters on the Exhibit Committee.

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Live with Honor, Die with Dignity

There was a special screening of the documentary film, “Live with Honor, Die with Dignity”, in Honolulu on September 10, 2010. Over 350 veterans, family and friends showed up for the event, sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. A special guest appearance was made by famed actor George Takei to introduce the film. Jake Shimabukuro, composed and played the song, “Go For Broke” on his ukulele via a video presentation at the beginning of the event.

Here are photos of the event, captured by Ann Kabasawa, Clyde Sugimoto, Wayne Iha and Pat Thompson.

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2010 Joint Memorial Service

The 5th Annual Joint Memorial Services was held on Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. This event is coordinated each year by the Oahu AJA Veterans Council to commemorate the four AJA military units of WWII: the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd RCT, the Military Intelligence Service, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.

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2010 Joint Memorial Service, SD Update

The Oahu AJA Veterans Council’s fifth annual Joint Memorial Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, September 26, 2010, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, adjutant general for the state of Hawaii since January 2003. Maj. Gen. Lee, a University of Hawaii graduate, was commissioned in May 1971. His career included command of the Army Reserve’s 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry from September 1988 to March 1991. Now, as state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Lee directs the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard, State Civil Defense and the state Office of Veterans Services. Read more »

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Honouliuli Event

In 1943, under Executive Order 9066, the US Army constructed the Honouliuli Internment Camp near Ewa, Oahu, for the detention of approximately 300 Hawai’i residents, most of whom were American citizens of Japanese ancestry, during WWII.

The Sons and Daughters of the 442 RCT hosted an audio-visual presentation about the Honouliuli Internment Camp experience, presented by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Resource Center. The Sons and Daughters of the 100th, MIS, and 1399 were invited to this social event.

When:       August 5, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Where:      Kapiolani Community College, Naio Building Lab

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USS Arizona Memorial Museum, AJA Exhibit

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

August 8, 2010

The sons, daughters and friends who helped create the Honoring the Legacy exhibit at Central Pacific Bank are working with the National Park Service on an exhibit about World War II AJAs that will be part of the new USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Read more »

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Joint Memorial Service 2009

The Joint Memorial Service (JMS) organized by the Oahu AJA Veterans Council was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Sunday, November 27, 2009. The JMS honors those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.

Photos provided by Clyde Sugimoto & Wayne Iha.  Click to view photos of the event…

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