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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 3, 2003

100th/442nd also defeated prejudice

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By Will Hoover
Advertiser Staff Writer

During a two-year span in Europe during World War II, the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team fought in eight major military campaigns, suffering 9,486 casualties..

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate the privilege of being able to show you just how much the United States thinks of what you have done," said PresidentTruman as he pinned the last Presidential Unit Citation to the 100/442 colors. "You fought not only the enemy but you fought prejudice — and you won."

The 60th anniversary reunion of the 442nd begins today in Waikiki and runs through Sunday. For further information, call the 442nd Veteran's Club at 949-7997.

Scheduled events

  • Tomorrow: Reunion, USS Missouri tour, history workshops, welcome reception.
  • Saturday: Memorial service 9 a.m. at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific; USS Missouri premiere of "Daniel K. Inouye: An American Story" at 5:30 p.m. ($150 per ticket for Missouri restoration. Information: 455-1600, ext. 223.)
  • Sunday: Reunion banquet, Sheraton Waikiki, registration, sales, entertainment from 9 a.m., luncheon 12:10 p.m. with tribute to and remarks by U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye.

For more information, call the 442nd Veteran's Club at 949-7997.