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Japanese American soldiers killed in WWII to be honored

Japanese-Americans killed in action during World War II are due to be honored at a National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific service in Honolulu this weekend. 

Sunday’s memorial will honor fallen members of four segregated units: the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.

The Oahu AJA Veterans Council began holding the annual ceremony at Punchbowl in 2006. It’s held each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the date the first American of Japanese ancestry was killed in action in World War II. 

Sgt. Shigeo “Joe” Takata of the 100th died on Sept. 29, 1943 after being mortally wounded when German soldiers opened fire on him while he was leading his squad.

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