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442nd veterans receive their Bronze Stars for WWII service

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 1:45 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2013

Two “Go for Broke” veterans in their 90s were belatedly recognized for their service in World War II.

Seichi Sakaida, 91, and Clarence Tamayori, 92, both served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit of mostly Japanese-Americans.

KHON reported that Hawaii Army National Guard Col. Roberts Lesher formally presented the men with Bronze Star medals Wednesday.

Tamayori says he enlisted because he felt it was his duty at the time. He says he was fighting for his country, the state of Hawaii and his family name.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most highly decorated military unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service.

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