By MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS
RAFU STAFF WRITER
President Obama Tuesday signed the bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service, to honor the predominantly Nisei units for their service during World War II.
Floyd Mori. the executive director of the Japanese American Citizens’ League, was among the small group who joined Obama for the intimate signing.
“I became very emotional, because there were only 12 or so of us there, with the President in the Oval Office,” Mori said. “He greeted each one of us and made some very nice comments, about things like being from Hawaii and being close to some of the families of some of the veterans. He also said that we stand today on the shoulders of those soldiers who served us.”
Mori explained that the visitors surrounded the presidential desk and that Obama–as is customary–used several pens to put his name to the document.