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Japanese-American veterans from Hawaii heading to D.C. for Congressional Gold Medal

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:46 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2011

Hundreds of Japanese-American World War II veterans are heading to Washington, D.C. this weekend to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

A group of 23 veterans left Hawaii Saturday along with 47 family members. This is the largest single group leaving the islands for Wednesday's ceremony, which will be hosted by House Speaker John Boehner.

Congress last year voted to award the medal collectively to those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service during the war. The youngest of the veterans being honored are in their mid-80s. Many are now in their 90s.

The veterans volunteered to serve even though they were branded "enemy aliens." Some, particularly those from the mainland, enlisted while their families were detained in internment camps.

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Poidogs wrote:
Thank you for our freedom! Thank you for being Japanese! Thank you for making Hawaii proud....
on October 29,2011 | 02:48PM
alohaboy wrote:
Thank you vets for all you've done for the country but especially for the Japanese-American community. You have elevated the JA standing in U.S. society and we are more accepted as a result of your bravery, sacrifice, and accomplishments. Sanseis like me and all following generations are and should be forever grateful to you.
on October 29,2011 | 07:05PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
You have always been Hero's ! Thank You !
on October 30,2011 | 02:28AM
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