Honolulu- 100th Infantry Battalion Clubhouse. On Saturday, August 31, 2013, the Sons & Daughters of the 442 hosted a dinner and movie night. Family and friends of the 100th, 442, MIS and 1399 were invited to attend. A documentary of the late Senator Inouye, “Journey to Washington”, was the feature presentation. It was a fun filled evening with lots of food and lots of opportunities to meet new and old acquaintances.
Click below to view photos of the event, compliments of Clyde Sugimoto and Pat Thompson.
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Here is an article from the Hawai‘i Herald’s special edition honoring the 70th Anniversary of the 442nd RCT.
Photo of the Veterans and their wives with the city of Florence, Italy in background.
Stories and images are courtesy of the Hawai‘i Herald.
PARTNERS IN THE JOURNEY
A Very Special Journey for the Wives, Too
The Hawai‘i Herald (March 15, 2013)
When we began our journey to Europe, my focus was on the veterans with whom I would be traveling for the next 20 days. This trip belonged to them. I was there to walk with them and record their memories and impressions.
But what moved me as we bussed from historic landmarks to tiny little towns where these men had fought a half-century ago as young men barely out of teens, was the impact the trip had on their wives. They were not disinterested tag-alongs on this journey. Not once did I hear any of the women say, “Yeah, yeah, you go with the boys. I’m going shopping.” Not once. These wives were active partners in this journey back in time and it turned out to be as meaningful for them as it was for their husbands.
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Honolulu – August 4, 2013. Eric Saul, notable WWII military historian and advocate of the Nisei veterans spoke at a luncheon hosted by the MIS veteran’s organization. A crowd of about 80 veterans, family members and friends gathered for this special presentation. Here is a copy of Eric’s speech:
Nisei Soldier’s Legacy
Speech by Eric Saul
You Japanese Americans had been part of the United States of America since 1885. This year marks the 128year anniversary of Japanese immigration.
It has now been 72 years since the Japanese language school was founded at the Presidio of San Francisco in November 1941. It has been 71 years since the 100th Infantry Battalion was created here in Hawai’i. And it has been 70 years since the 442nd was created on February 1, 1943.
Many of your comrades have left us. But your legacy of honor, duty and country lives on and will live on forever. It will live on in the success of Japanese in America, and in the success of your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren…and forever.
Today, there are more than 700,000 Japanese Americans. This number is small and is only about one half of one percent of the U.S. population.
Because of the size of your community, your story has often been overlooked or sometimes forgotten. Yet, your story is important and, in many ways, unique.
Your parents’ immigration to the United States was the first time in Japanese history that Japanese had ever been allowed to legally leave the country.
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The Go For Broke Bulletin is a quarterly publication of the 442nd Veterans Club. Here is the latest publication: Volume 65, No. 3, April – June 2013.
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Here is an article from the Hawai`i Herald’s special edition honoring the 70th Anniversary of the 442nd RCT.
Stories and images are courtesy of the Hawai`i Herald.
Minoru “Chappy” Kishaba as an 18-year-old 442nd RCT volunteer — Photo Courtesy Kishaba family (left). Chappy Kishaba at a ceremony in the forest outside of Biffontaine — Photo by Karleen C. Chinen (right).
FOUR SPECIAL STONES
Minoru Kishaba’s Story Reveals the Essence of the Nisei Soldier
The Hawai‘i Herald (March 15, 2013)
From the outset of our journey, one of the veterans in our group, Lahaina-born Minoru Kishaba, had struck me as an especially warm and gentle man. As we traveled through Italy, “Chappy” — a nickname that was given to him by his buddies in Anti-Tank Company because he sometimes read passages from the Bible to them — often talked about how lonely and homesick he felt during the war. “It was a very lonely feeling, especially evening, after you dig your [fox]hole and sit down and rest.”
Chappy and I finally had a chance to talk at length in Biffontaine. We had stepped outside the tent that had been set up for the luncheon banquet. None of the buildings in the town could accommodate the nearly one thousand people who had converged on this small French town to commemorate its liberation 50 years earlier. Chappy and I went outside to take a break from the festivities and get some fresh air.
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The Go For Broke Bulletin is a quarterly publication of the 442nd. Here is the current publication: Volume 65, No. 2, January – March 2013.
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The following tribute is in memory the veterans of the 100th/442nd RCT who have left us in 2012. It is with honor and gratitude that we dedicate our ongoing efforts to promote their legacy and all they stood for. Read more »
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Honolulu- On Sunday, March 24, 2013, the 442nd’s 70th Anniversary Banquet was held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Over 1,100 veterans, families and friends attended the celebration. From the start, the program revolved around the theme, “The Legacy Lives On”, honoring the veterans and sending a clear message: the story of the 442 will live on through the efforts of the next generation. The program also included a special tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye, with the keynote speech delivered by Irene Hirano Inouye.
Here are photos taken of the event, compliments of Clyde Sugimoto, Pat Thompson, Wayne Iha, Lowell Thom, Hal Ing, Terry Takaki, and Stan Oka. Click below to open. Read more »
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A Memorial Service and Family Picnic was held on March 23, 2013 on the grounds of Fort DeRussey as part of the 70th Anniversary celebration. the Memorial Service was a beautiful and solemn event recognizing the 21 Medal of Honor recipients, followed by a tour of the Army Museum and Family Picnic with a yummy bento, activities for the kids and lucky number give aways for all. Please enjoy some of the photos of the events below:
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Just Like the Old Days!!!!
Here are photos taken during the Saturday 70th Anniversary Picnic.
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Fort DeRussy, Honolulu- Saturday, March 23, 2013.
As part of the 70th Anniversary celebration of the 442nd RCT, veterans, honored guests, family and friends gathered at Fort DeRussy to hold a remembrance service to all those who served.
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70th ANNIVERSARY 442ND RCT CUSTOM CHARTER TOURS
For MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
We are offering two tours. All are welcome to join one or both tours.
The morning tour will be going to the USS Arizona Memorial. You will be greeted and have an orientation, including a short documentary film. A private boat will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial followed by a museum tour with Staff Historian Amanda Carona. The pick up time will be 6:15am at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (behind Tapa Tower) and about 6:30am at the 100th Infantry Battalion Clubhouse. This tour is for those who are not planning to go to the State Legislature where the veterans will be honored. You will be dropped off at the Hilton or the Clubhouse after the tour.
The second tour will be a pick up at the Hilton (behind the Tapa Tower) or the Clubhouse around 10:00am and will take you to the State Legislature where the veterans will be honored. After the ceremony, you will be picked up and driven through the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, and then taken on a rare and exclusive tour of the “Spirit of Go For Broke” a C-17 airplane at Hickam Air Force Base. You will also have the privilege to go on a tour of the USS Missouri, at no charge. Special arrangements have been made for our event participants. You will return to the 100th Clubhouse or the Hilton Hawaiian Village by around 6:15pm.
The tour is limited to 53 people. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible for this very special (exclusive to our group) tours at an amazing price. Please call Ann Kabasawa at (808) 781-8540 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Morning Tour Cost: $20.00 per person.
Afternoon Tour Cost: $30.00 per person.
Both Tours Cost: $48.00 per person.
For those who want lunch there will be an additional cost of $8.00 and it includes bottled water.
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The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum hosted a previewing of the Congressional Gold Medal exhibit on March 9, 2013 for the Nisei World War II veterans. The museum is one of only seven museums in the country to host the Congressional Gold Medal exhibit. For your viewing, photos of the event:
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The Go For Broke Bulletin is a quarterly publication of the 442nd. Here is the current publication: Volume 65, No. 1, October – December 2012
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Our annual Sons & Daughters of the 442 RCT Christmas Party was held on December 16, 2012 at the Treetops Restaurant in Manoa Valley. Thanks to our hardworking chairperson, Ann Kabasawa, it was filled with delicious food, fun games, fellowship and door prizes! Attending were 442 Veterans and spouses, Sons & Daughters of the 442RCT and their children and grandchildren. A General Membership Meeting was also held for the election of the 2013 officers. Our current officers were re-elected for the 2013 term. Our thank you to Wes Deguchi (President), Al Sadanaga (1st Vice-Presdient), Wade Wasano (2nd Vice-President), Susan Yoshitomi (Secretary), and Shirley Igarashi (Secretary) for voluntering in their respective positions and meeting the challenges of the coming year. Your time and dedication is appreciated by all. For those who were unable to attend, check out our photos and plan to attend in 1013, the date has been reserved for December 15, 2013 at the Treetops Restaurant in Manoa Valley.
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