Manzanar Hosts Guest Speaker for Veterans Day

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Six soldiers of the 100th Battalion are interred at the World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy.

Manzanar National Historic Site on Nov. 11 and 12 will host Ernesto Rosi, an associate guide at the World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy. Rosi is an employee of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Established by Congress in 1923, the ABMC is the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials, honoring the service, achievements, and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces.

The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial site is the final resting place for 7,861 American military war dead. The majority died in the liberation of Sicily (July 10 to Aug. 17, 1943); in the landings in the Salerno Area (Sept. 9, 1943) and the heavy fighting northward; in the landings at Anzio Beach and expansion of the beachhead (Jan. 22, 1944 to May 1944); and in air and naval support in the regions. Six soldiers from the 100th Infantry Battalion are among those buried at the cemetery.

During World War II, 174 men and women from Manzanar were among the 26,000 Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. military. For its size and length of service, the combined 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service played a key role in the war in the Pacific.

Rosi will provide informal talks on his experiences working at the cemetery since 1979 on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 p.m.  Talks will take place in the West Theater of the Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center.

Manzanar is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence. For further information on Manzanar, call (760) 878-2194 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/manz. For information on the American Battle Monuments Commission, visit their website at www.abmc.gov.

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