Sen. Wyden: Congressional Medal for Vets

Sen. Wyden: Congressional Medal for Vets

Portland JACL Nisei Vets Congressional Gold Medal

Senator Wyden presents a replica of Public Law 111-254 to Art Iwasaki.

Senator Ron Wyden has begun presenting replicas of the Public Law to local veterans that authorizes the award of the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to 100th Battalion, the 442nd Combat Regiment and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). On December 11th, 2010, Senator Wyden presented the replica at a ceremony that took place at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, at which 12 of our local veterans were honored.

Portland JACL Ron WydenThese veterans are: Ed Fujii, Ace Hiromura, Art Iwasaki, Ike Iwasaki, Shizuo Kondo, Sam Naito, Leke Nakashimda, Lorry Nakatsu, Jim Onchi, Joe Onchi, and Albert Ouchi. Again on January 14, 2011 at Milwaukie High School, Senator Wyden presented the replicas to Kennie Namba (photo right with Sen. Wyden), Kazumi Oda, and Dr. Kenji Yaguchi. On the same day, Bill Nakamura received his replica at the PCC Cascade Campus. On Sunday, January 16th, Richard Iwata received his replica at the Hillsboro Civic Center. On behalf of the Oregon Nisei Veterans, I would like to congratulate all our veterans for this well deserved recognition.

There are 22 organizations working diligently for the upcoming ceremony for the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to be held in the Fall of 2011 in Washington, D.C. Nationwide, over 1,800 veterans casino online and next of kin have registered and expressed an interest in attending the ceremony. We have over 100 people interested in attending from the greater Portland area. The medal is still in the design phase and we are now working on national and regional fundraising. The first title sponsor is the Aratani Foundation who will donate $50,000 to this event.

For those who may not be familiar with the Aratani”s, George and Sakaye Aratani are long time philanthropists in Los Angeles who support the Japanese American communities nationwide. If you have not registered and want to join in the festivities please do so ASAP. If you have already registered "NO" and change your mind and want to attend the festivities in D.C. please contact Portland JACL Board Member Setsy LaRouche.

One thought on “Sen. Wyden: Congressional Medal for Vets

  1. Recognition accorded these veterans is long overdue. Albert Ouchi was my high school US history teacher many years ago. It was only natural that he included his experience of incarceration during WW II when we reached that point in our study. I think the story of how American citizens were imprisoned solely because of their ancestry has still not been well presented in high school textbooks. It was certainly an eyeopener to me and my classmates. I am indebted to Mr. Ouchi for telling that story.

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