Ted T. Tsukiyama resides in Honolulu and is an active member of the 442nd RCT Veterans Club and the MIS Veterans Club. During World War II, he was a member of the Varsity Victory Volunteers, the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd RCT, and the Military Intelligence Service. Throughout the years, Ted has served as a wartime historian, often writing about his own experiences.
Here is his latest article:
“Senpai” translated into English means “elder,” “senior,” “predecessor” or “pioneer,” and the word “gumi” means “group,” “team,” or “class,” so “senpai gumi” as referred to herein means “pioneer group” or “pioneer class.” “Senpai Gumi” is also the name of a historical booklet edited by 100th/MIS veteran Richard S. Oguro which tells the story of the fifty nine Nisei soldiers of the 100th Battalion who in December 1942 were transferred out from their CampMcCoytraining over to the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Camp Savage (MISLS) to become the first group of Nisei from Hawaii to be trained for MIS service, hence the “senpai gumi” of Hawaii Nisei to enter the MIS.
These MIS Senpai all shared the common history of having been drafted into the army prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, were assigned to Hawaii National Guard service with the 298th and 299th Infantry Regiments until late May 1942 when they together with all other Nisei were separated out from the 298th and 299th and assembled into the Hawaiian Provisional Infantry Battalion. On June 5, 1942 the Battalion comprised of 1,432 Nisei were shipped off to the mainland when they were re-designated the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) and sent to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin for combat training.
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Go For Broke Bulletin *** 442nd Veterans Club *** A Quarterly Publication *** Volume 64, Number 1, October – December 2011
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The following tribute is in memory the veterans of the 100th/442nd RCT who have left us in 2011. It is with honor and gratitude that we dedicate our ongoing efforts to promote their legacy and all they stood for.
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A short video was created by the Congressional Gold Medal Hawaii Committee to honor the veterans of the 100th, 442nd, and MIS in receiving the Nation’s highest civilian award. The video was presented as part of the CGM Hawaii luncheon held on December 17, 2011, to an audience of more than 3,000. The CGM Tribute was produced by Oz Go, director/writer of 1001 Stories.
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As part of the two day celebration of the Congressional Gold Medal Hawaii Event, service was held on Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Over 400 attended the ceremony to honor the men of the 100th, 442nd, MIS and 1399th who are no longer with us today. Lt. General (Ret.) Joseph Peterson, former Deputy Commander, FORSCOM was the keynote speaker.
The following photographs of the event were taken by Wayne Iha.
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The CGM Hawaii celebration was held on Saturday, December 17, 2011. The day began with a military parade through Waikiki and culminated with a grand banquet at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Over 3,000 people attended the luncheon, honoring the veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.
The following photos capture the event, compliments of Wayne Iha.
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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
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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:
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For more information about the Congressional Gold Medal – Hawaii Celebration on December 17 – 18, 2011, please go to the last page (pg.40) of the Bulletin. There is information about the Parade and Banquet Luncheon on the Saturday, December 17th and the Memorial Service on Sunday, December 18th. Information on purchasing a bronze replica of the Medal from the U.S. Mint is also provided.
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