Senator Boxer: Honoring Japanese-American Veterans
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I am pleased to tell you that the Senate has passed S.1055, my bill that recognizes the dedicated service of Japanese-Americans who served in the U.S. Army during World War II by granting a collective Congressional Gold Medal to members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service.
These brave Japanese-Americans enlisted in the Army and fought for their country even as many of their family members and friends were sent to internment camps. This recognition of their service and patriotism is long overdue.
The Japanese-American soldiers of these units were also known as the “Go For Broke” regiments because of their willingness to risk everything for victory. They earned numerous awards and distinctions for their distinguished service, including Presidential Unit Citations and Medals of Honor, hundreds of Silver Stars, and thousands of Purple Hearts.
Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and passed last year by a vote of 411-0. Since then, the legislation has been amended, so it will return to the House for final passage before heading to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
I was proud to introduce the bill honoring these great American heroes, and I am gratified that the Senate has passed it.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer