Congressional Gold Medal
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On October 5, 2010, Public Law 111-254 was enacted awarding the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal "to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service, United States Army, collectively, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II." NJAMF played a prominent role in advocating this award. On November 2, 2011, the award presentations were made in Washington, DC.


The Award of the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American veterans and the MIS will reaffirm what the Memorial and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 stand for: American patriotism, perseverance, and posterity. These veterans offer an unparalleled legacy bequeathed to the American people. The rights Japanese Americans fought for during and after the war are the rights of all Americans to freedom and to personal justice.
-- Dr. Craig Uchida, NJAMF Board Chairman, November 2011

Congressional Presentation of the Gold Medal to the Nisei Soldiers of WWII

(presentation lasts 47 minutes)



Our sponsor for the Congressional Gold Medal Gala was Southwest Airlines. In their travel magazine, Mosaic, they published the following article.

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Southwest Airlines Mosaic Magazine article continues

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Our sincere thanks to Southwest Airlines for all they do to make the story of the Japanese American World War II experience a living legacy. We are honored to have their partnership as we seek to reach out and educate all Americans.