Veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service Veterans Association of Southern California gather at the 2014 joint luncheon held on March 15 at Almansor Court in Alhambra.
Nisei Week Court members (from left) Stephanie Fukunaga, Ashley Honma, Queen Lauren Iwata, Megumi Yuhara and Laura Higashi sell raffle tickets at the luncheon.
New officers were installed for 2014 for the 100th Battalion and 100th/442nd Association. A special video tribute was played for Hitoshi Sameshima, president of the MIS Veterans Association, who was unable to attend.
Vocalist Russell Nakaoka (pictured), who has released a CD titled “As Long as I’m Singing,” entertained the audience. Master of ceremonies was Gary Yamauchi, former mayor of Alhambra.
Veteran and former Assemblymember Paul Bannai was among the “paparazzi” at the event.
Stacey Hayashi, author of “Journey of Heroes,” a 100th/442nd manga/graphic novel.
Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo