Hirono Unveils Exhibit Honoring JA Vets

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442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Robert Kishinami and Sen. Mazie Hirono view the new exhibit at Honolulu International Airport.

442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Robert Kishinami and Sen. Mazie Hirono view the new exhibit at Honolulu International Airport.

HONOLULU — Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on Oct. 21 commemorated the service of Japanese American World War II veterans at a new exhibit in the Honolulu International Airport.

The Nisei Veterans Legacy Exhibit includes profiles of members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service, and 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.

“Through this exhibit, millions of people who pass through Honolulu International Airport each year will have the opportunity to learn more about the heroism and service of Japanese American World War II veterans, who bravely fought for the United States even as their loyalty was questioned at home,” said Hirono.

In 2010, Hirono championed legislation to award Japanese American World War II veterans the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

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