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The National Veterans Network is a coalition that enlightens the public about the legacy of Japanese American World War II soldiers.
  They Were All American  
  They fought prejudice at home and the enemy abroud

Incarcerated after Pearl Harbor, they fought bravely in World War II.
After Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria in America reached a fever pitch. Executive order 9066 created military zones in Hawaii and on the West Coast. People of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and herded into camps. They lost homes, businesses and personal belongings. Conditions in the camps were abysmal. Nevertheless, thousands of young men volunteered to fight for America.

Sixty-six years later, Congress recognized them with a Gold Medal.
They joined the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units played crucial roles in European combat and decoding Japanese communications. They proved that, in America, shared values, not ancestry, determine allegiances. More than six decades later, Congress recognized their achievements with a Congressional Gold Medal. This is their story.


New! Congressional Gold Medal Nisei Soldier Digital Exhibit

  • The National Veterans Network is developing a state-of-the-art Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian National Museum of American History. This digital exhibition will serve as the educational arm to the Congressional Gold Medal that is now on display in the Price of Freedom exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. To be unveiled in 2016, it will bring to life the personal stories of Japanese-American WWII soldiers and will show how the entire Japanese American WWII experience has helped to transform America over the past seven decades. For more information, see NVN to Produce Digital Exhibit.
  • Learn more about the digital exhibition, watch a five-minute video at Online Video.
  • To support the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition, donate now at DonateNow or send a check payable to "National Veterans Network/Tides Center" to P.O. Box 1221, Torrance, CA 90505. For a limited time, individuals who donate $50 or more will receive a specially designed Holiday Card gift set.

  • Announcements

  • Starting on Veteran's Day, November 12, 2014, the Congressional Gold Medal will be on display at the Price of Freedom exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
  • On February 18, 2014, President Barack Obama met with seven Japanese American WWII veterans to express his appreciation for their steadfast service. Hear the President's remarks at Nisei Veterans at White House.
  • High school, middle school and elementary curriculum adopted to the new Common Core standards are available at http://cgm.nationalveteransnetwork.com/for-teachers
  • The Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal seven-city tour successfully ended in January 2014. 250,000 visitors visited some of the top museums in the country to learn about the Nisei Soldier experience during the 13-month tour. Watch the two-minute overview on CGM Slide Show.