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UPDATE: Assistance for 442nd Veterans to apply for the French Legion of Honor

To All 442nd RCT Veterans’ Families
(updated 05 May 2018)

The French Government has recently (April 2018) approved the French Legion of Honor and French Knighthood for the following three 442nd Veterans. CONGRATULATIONS to the Veterans and their Families.

Charles Toyoji Ijima, 232nd Combat Engineer Co., 442nd (Oahu, HI)
Norman Noboru Kamada, F Co., 442nd (Rocklin, CA)
Kenneth Yoichi Sugai, G Co., 442nd (Oahu, HI)

Plans are currently in progress in Honolulu and in San Francisco for the awarding and knighthood o fthese Veterans. We will post information on any ceremonies as we learn if them.

 

S&D member Jeff Morita of Mililani is generously assisting any surviving veteran of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd RCT who served in France prior to May 8, 1945 to apply for the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration. Jeff’s public service applies to not only Hawaii, but to any surviving World War II AJA veteran located on the US Mainland, Alaska, overseas, and those who may have served with the same France criteria in other military units as well. The decoration is presented to those still living, although once the application has been received by the French government and French Knighthood is approved the decoration may be presented to the veteran’s immediate family should the veteran pass away. To date, Jeff has submitted applications which are under review by the French government for the following veterans:

Koichi Harry Tokushige, 522nd FAB A “Able” Battery, 442nd
Royce E. Higa, 522nd FAB A “Able” Battery, 442nd
Ikito Muraoka, Medical Detachment, 100th/442nd
Clinton I. Shiraishi, HQ, 522nd FAB, 442nd
George Hayao Furukawa, G Co., 442nd
Isao Ace Handa, Hq. 3rd Bn, 442nd
Hidenobu Hiyane, HQ, 100th/442nd
Akiyoshi Kuriyama, HQ, 100th/442nd
Masao Akiyama, A Co., 100th/442nd
Stanley Toshiyuki Matsuura, L Co., 442nd
Thomas Tsuyoshi Nikaido, D Co., 100th/442nd
William Yoshio Thompson, Hq. 3rd Bn, 442ndawarding
Seichi Joseph Oshiro, L Co., 442nd
Hajime Miyamoto, Med. Detachment, Hq., 442nd
Minoru Tamashiro, Hq. 3rd Bn, 442nd
Harold Watase, I Co., 442nd
Takashi “Bolo” Shirakata, 206th AGFB/442nd
Yutaka Doi, A Co., 100th/442nd
Hideo Nakayama, L Co., 442nd
Takashi Aragaki, I Co., 442nd (owned Sputnik’s Restaurant in Hilo)
Masatsu Kawamoto, I Co., 442nd (lives in Hawi)
Don Matsuda, A Co., 100th (former Club 100 President)
Shigeru Oshita, Hq. Co., 100th/442nd (passed away after application was filed)
Kenny M. Shimabukuro, K Co., 442nd
Hiromi Fujimura, B Co, 100th & H Co, 442nd (corrected)

All those with a family member who has not received this prestigious award please contact Jeffrey directly at jeff_kine_57@icloud.com or call our S&D chapter member Bill Wright at 425-922-9229.

Legion of Honor medals awarded in 2017 to:
James Morita, F Co/2nd Bn, 442nd
Masayoshi Nakamura, I Co/3rd Bn, 442nd
Tetsuo Tateishi, A Co/100th Bn
Harold Zenyei Afuso, H Co/3rd Bn, 442nd, and
Futao Terashima, I Co/3rd Bn, 442nd
CONGRATULATIONS to the veterans and their families.

(Photos of Joe Obayashi (522nd FAB) and his family at his French Legion of Honor award ceremony held at 15 Craigside in 2016, and award applicant Kenny Shimabukuro at the 442nd Veterans Banquet in 2011.)
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IN ADDITION there is a program for US Army One-Time Replacement of Awards and Decorations.

S&D member Jeff Morita was also assisting Veterans AND their families with this program, but as of Dec. 2017 the process is changed: Those still desiring to request a one-time replacement of awards and decorations must go through the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) website Jeff is available if a 1399/100/442/MIS veteran, or primary next of kin (NOK) family member, desires assistance with the NPRC request process.

Not many veterans, or their primary next-of-kin family know about the US Army gratuitous (FREE) one-time replacement of awards and decorations program.

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Update to the Battle to Restore Civil Rights for Veteran Noboru Kawamoto

Joint Statement by the State of Hawaii and Counsel for Plantiffs Noboru and Elaine Kawamoto

HONOLULU, HAWAII (September 6, 2016) – As a result of meetings and discussions between Plaintiffs’ counsel, Jeffrey S. Portnoy and John P. Duchemin, and Defendants’ counsel, Deputy Attorneys General, Andrew L. Salenger, Dana A. Barbata and Caron M. Inagaki, Plaintiffs Noboru Kawamoto and Elaine Kawamoto have been reunited in his nursing care home pending determination by the Court of the constitutionality of certain Hawaii state statutes and administrative rules applicable to community care foster family homes.

Plaintiff Noboru Kawamoto is 95, a World War II veteran and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and his wife, Plaintiff Elaine Kawamoto, is 89. This temporary accommodation is limited to these Plaintiffs and the impact of the laws as applied to them only. Counsel expect to file motions seeking summary adjudication of this lawsuit by United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to resolve this case.

Please note that there will be no further comment to the press at this time. Thank you.

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Cades Schutte LLP

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11th Annual Joint Memorial Service, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Veterans, Sons & Daughters, Granddaughters and Grandsons and Family and Friends –

The 11th Annual Joint Memorial Service (JMS) which is open to the public was held on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 10 am at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The JMS is held to honor the Japanese American Soldiers who served in WWII, specifically, those in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion. Thirty-three thousand Japanese Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII and 800 lost their lives fighting for this country, which had initially classified them as “enemy aliens.” The wartime service of the Nisei Veterans was instrumental in helping to shift the racial mood of the country toward Japanese Americans and lay the groundwork for the admission of Hawaii to the Union. Their exemplary service also opened the doors of social, economic and political opportunity for future generations.
Mr. Matt Matsunaga, son of the late Congressman and U.S. Senator, Spark Matsunaga, will be the keynote speaker at this event. The Royal Hawaiian Band will provide musical entertainment.

Thank you to All who joined Us on Sunday, September 25.

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Photos from Memorial Day services, 2016

442nd RCT Veterans and Sons & Daughters of the 442nd RCT took part again this year in Memorial Day services to honor and remember those who sacrificed for our country.

 

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Photos of the 442nd RCT 73rd Anniversary Banquet held on April 10, 2016 (3 of 3)

These are candids and a mix of the shots at this year’s banquet.

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Photos from the 442nd RCT 73rd Anniversary Banquet held on April 10, 2016 (2 of 3)

These are group photos.

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Photos from the 442nd RCT 73rd Anniversary Banquet held on April 10, 2016 (1 of 3)

Thank you to all the photographers of the 442 S&D and friends.

This is the first of series of post with photographs – of a great banquet in honor of our fathers, uncles, grandfathers, heroes.

 

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 142 joins the 442 Sons & Daughters in support of HB600

ILWU Local 142 informed the 442nd Sons & Daughters on 4 April that they are adding their support for passing HB600, a Bill submitted to the Hawaii State Legislature 15 months ago.   This Bill will fix the current law that has the unintended, but real, effect of denying the right of a married/civil union couple to live together in the same Community Care Foster Family Home.  Couples that have their costs paid by taxpayers through the Medicaid program are not affected by the current wording of the law.  But couples who cannot qualify for taxpayer-funded Medicaid support are denied the right to live together, until they become so poor they need taxpayer support.  Fixing this injustice to our elderly Kupuna is the target of HB600.

442nd RCT veteran and ILWU pensioner Noboru and Elaine Kawamoto are the latest victims of this faulty law.  The problem was first encountered by a retired Hawaii State judge and his wife.  The Legislature corrected the law in 2009, but the fix was allowed to lapse.  HB600 should fix this problem once and for all.

For more details see

http://442sd.org/restore-elder-civil-rights-malama-pono-ke-kupuna/

 

 

More information on ILWU Local 142 can be seen at:

ILWU Local 142 An Injury to One is an Injury To All

http://www.ilwulocal142.org/blog/index.php

 

The ILWU Story in Hawaii

http://www.ilwu19.com/history/the_ilwu_story/organization_in_hawaii.htm

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Letter from the Sons & Daughters to our Senators and Representatives

On 14 March 2016, we the Sons &  Daughters hand delivered a letter to all the Hawaii State Senators and Representatives.  The letter requested their support for passage of HB600 so that our 100/442nd RCT veteran Noboru Kawamoto can be reunited with his wife Elaine.  One of these letters is presented on this page so you can read what we pleaded with our Legislators to make happen.

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Sons & Daughters join the battle to restore the civil rights of Noboru & Elaine Kawamoto so they can be reunited

Please see this page for information.

 

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Representative Tulsi Gabbard meets 100/442nd RCT veteran Noboru Kawamoto.

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FAQs about Noboru & Elaine Kawamoto Petition Drive – Passage of HB600

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2015 442 S&D’s Family Christmas Party

A good time was had at the Family Christmas Party held in December by over a hundred 442 Sons & Daughters, members and their families and friends, including several of our cherished 442 veterans. Thank you to Ann Kabasawa for the planning and organizing, her gang of volunteers for setup, cleanup, donations, entertainment, and Santa and helpers. And thank you Sons and Daughters and S&D members and your families for making it a fun event!

Hope you enjoy the selection of photos below taken by Clyde and by Pat.

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CAMP ‘US, FRANCE

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The Bruyeres, Vallons des Vosges Community of Communes

The Bruyeres Vallons des Vosges Office of tourisme

and the Peace and Freedom Trail Association- Go for Broke French Club

are delighted to present to you a new website dedicated to the Camp’US project:

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The National Order of the Legion of Honor

 

January 14, 15, 16, 2015 – Hawaii

France honors veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd RCT in three separate ceremonies held on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu. Some 57 veterans received the French Legion of Honor decree, the highest decoration bestowed by France, in recognition of those who risked their lives during World War II to liberate France.

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Click to view West Hawaii newspaper article

Click to view Rafu Shimpo news article

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Under the Blood Red Sun

Movie

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To commemorate December 7th 1941, there will be 5 Limited Engagement Screenings of the movie “Under the Blood Red Sun” screenplay & book by Graham Salisbury: the story of Tomi, a Japanese American boy and his family, living in Hawaii, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie centers around the racial persecution of Tomi’s family and others at the beginning of the war.

Screening Dates & Times:

  • December 7, 2014:   4:00 & 7:00 PM
  • December 12, 2014:  7:00 PM
  • December 14, 2014:  4:00 & 7:00 PM

Place: Mid-Pacific Institute, Bakken Auditorium  (2445 Kaala St, Honolulu, HI)

Cost: $10

 
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