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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM John Anusewicz, a P-47 crew chief in World War II, holds a model of a P-47 Thunderbolt. Both Ishida and Anusewicz will receive the French Legion of Honor medal Saturday from the French government.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Above, Henry Ishida, 94, a veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, displays the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to members of his unit, along with patches from a variety of military units.
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Henry Ishida holds a special World War II souvenir, a piece of Adolf Hitler’s house in Berchtesgaden. It is inscribed “From Berchtesgaden Hitler’s Home Germany 1945 Sanda.” Sanda is Ishida’s nickname.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Minoru Tamashiro, left, and Sam Fujii smile as they reminisce about their experiences during World War II. Fujii, who was a combat medic with the 442nd’s 3rd Battalion, is to receive the French Legion of Honor medal. “The medal is ... for all the people who backed us even during the war, after the war, and even today.”