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The Nipon Battalion

The ultimate sacrifice men and women can do for their country: give up their life to protect their nation. We describe here one of the most patriotic events in American history that show the love and commitment that immigrants have for the American flag.

During World War II, Japanese-Americans showed the extent of their loyalty and respect for the United States. As a result of the warfare with Japan, the American government distrusted soldiers from Japanese ancestry. Fearing spionage, Japanese immigrants and their children were relocated to special camps in certain areas of the countries. They were removed from their homes, neighborhoods, without their belongings, simply because of their nationality and ethnic background.

Despite this injustice, these immigrants and children of immigrants fought for the nation they knew as home. In particular, the performance of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regiment was outstanding. Their bravery and work proved they were Americans. Many members of the Nipon Battalion earned medal of honors, which is "awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Forces, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States" (Go For Broke National Education Center, goforbroke.org). Here are the names of the 21 soldiers of the Nipon Battalion that obtained recognition:

  • Barney F. Hajiro Company I, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Mikio Hasemoto Original 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Joe Hayashi Company K, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Shizuya Hayashi Original 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Daniel K. Inouye Company E, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Yeiki Kobashigawa Original 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Robert T. Kuroda Company H, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Kaoru Moto Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Sadao S. Munemori Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Kiyoshi K. Muranaga Company F, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Masato Nakae Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Shinyei Nakamine Original 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • William K. Nakamura Company G, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Joe M. Nishimoto Company G, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Allan M. Ohata Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • James K. Okubo Medical Detachment, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Yukio Okutsu Company F, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Frank H. Ono Company G, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Kazuo Otani Company G, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • George T. Sakato Company E, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
  • Ted T. Tanouye Company K, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
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