|The 442nd Regimental Combat Team hiking |
up a muddy French road in late 1944.
Today, the House of Representatives took a few minutes to remember this injustice, and also to honor our Nisei Veterans. The 442nd Infantry Regiment was almost entirely made up of Japanese-American soldiers - and was the highest-decorated regiment in the history of the U.S. Army and was involved in liberating prisoners at Dachau and saving the famous "lost battalion" from Texas. 14,000 volunteers served their country with uncommon distinction, even though their families were being detained in the relocation camps back home.
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Rep. Monica Stonier both had family members in the camps, and spoke on the House floor today. Here is an excerpt from Rep. Stonier's speech:
"He [her great-grandfather] had 11 children to gather and calm when Exec. Order 9066 came. Four of his sons, at a time when their government failed them, put on the same uniforms of those who kept their family behind fences, and stepped forward, like the others from the 442nd in the galleries today.
When most families would have likely been fighting their interment and would have been fighting to get their rights back, many people – like my uncles, persistently showed their love for our country.
Mr. Speaker, this is the day we remember what can happen, even in a country as great as ours, when fear drives our actions."
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