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Seattle Nisei veterans honored by 34th Infantry Division

By MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

SEATTLE - Friday was a touching moment between brothers in arms - Soldiers of the present honoring Soldiers of the past while recounting a painful chapter of history They're separated by a generation but bound by the love of defending their country

The Seattle-based Nisei Soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team fought in World War II and were attached to the 34th Infantry Division, whose commanding general and staff came to Seattle Friday to say "thank you"

The story of these Nisei vets is one of courage, honor and valor that goes back more than 60 years

"I always thought I was an American - that is until December 7, 1941," said Sam Mitsui, Seattle Nisei veteran

Mitsui tells the story of Japanese Americans who were put in internment camps and went on to fight for America, while their families were considered enemies at home

"They did more than defend America In the face of painful prejudice, they helped to define America at its best," said Mitsui

The Soldiers came home the most decorated unit of World War II with 21 medals of honor Fifty-seven of the Soldiers died during World War II

As the 34th Infantry gets ready to deploy to Iraq, the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee receives the Red Bull Patch from the 34th, a symbol of their days in combat

"What happened to us is now history and justice has been served The best thing that we can do is to go forward and learn from history and act on lessons learned," said Mitsui

The governor of Minnesota, where the 34th Red Bull Infantry division is headquartered, declared Friday Nisei Veterans Committee Day - a small gesture to recognize their valiant efforts fighting for our country

Article source: www.NWCN.com



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