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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2011 | Douglas Farrar (202-225-1766) | comments
Today more than 19,000 Japanese-Americans who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (commonly known as the "go for broke" regiments) were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal – the nation’s highest civilian honor – for their service during World War II.

“I am pleased to join our country in extending my most heartfelt congratulations to the Nisei veterans of the 110th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service, “ said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34). “Not only did the men of the Go For Broke regiment serve the country with distinction and loyalty, but for many of them, they did so while their families and friends were unjustly incarcerated and living in harsh conditions. While receiving the Congressional Gold Medal is truly significant, it is but a small token of appreciation for the courageous service to a grateful nation.”

The Go For Broke regiments earned several awards for their distinctive service in combat, including: 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor, 29 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 4,000 Bronze Stars and over 4,000 Purple Hearts, among numerous additional distinctions. For their size and length of service, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were the most decorated U.S. military units of the war.

The Go For Broke National Education Center in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles at Temple and Alameda Streets will provide public and student access to interactive exhibits using videotaped oral histories of men and women who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and other units that operated overseas during World War II, including in Occupied Japan.  It will serve as the center for teacher training and groundbreaking educational programs offered through school districts nationwide.  It will also be a center for research and storehouse for a vast digital library of oral histories that continues to grow, lesson plans, historical content, interactive educational initiatives and more. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, from her position on the Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in securing funding for the education center. 

"I am honored that the Go For Broke memorial is located in Little Tokyo in my Los Angeles district, and I look forward to the construction of the new Go For Broke National Education Center adjacent to it,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard.

The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’ highest civilian honor and has been given selectively since 1776, when George Washington was awarded the first. Other honorees include Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks and His Holiness Dalai Lama.
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