5/31 — Nikkei Memorial Day Service at Evergreen

May 31 — Retired U.S. Air Force Col. John Fer will give the memorial address at the 61st annual Memorial Day service for the Nikkei Veterans of the Southland of all wars at Evergreen Cemetery, 204 N. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m.

The Sadao Munemori Post 321, American Legion, as part of the Nisei Veterans Coordinating Council and Evergreen Cemetery invites the public to help pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights is the burial site of four Japanese American Medal of Honor recipients: Joe Hayashi, Kiyoshi K. Muranaga, Sadao Munemori and Ted T. Tanouye.

Col. Fer will share his experiences during the Vietnam War. While flying combat missions in Southeast Asia, Fer was forced to eject over North Vietnam while flying his 55th combat mission on February 4, 1967. He was immediately captured and taken as a Prisoner of War. Fer was cellmates with John McCain for two of the six years he was a POW at the Hanoi Hilton.

He spent 28 years in the service, including posting at the USAF headquarters at the Pentagon and overseas in Thailand, the Netherlands and Germany. His decorations include two Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.

After completing his military service in 1990, Fer became a school administrator and is currently director of ministries at Mary Star of the Sea Parish in San Pedro.

For more information, call Catherine Tanaka at (213) 626-0441 ext. 21.