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Recognition:

Congressional Gold Medal

 

November 6, 2011
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony - Part 1

 

See more videos of the award ceremony and
speeches given during the three-day celebration.
Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
Remarks by Majority Leader Harry Reid
Remarks by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Remarks by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Remarks by Senator Barbara Boxer
Remarks by Representative Ralph Hall
Remarks by Representative Adam Schiff
Remarks by Senator Daniel Inouye
Remarks by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Remarks by General Odierno
Invocation and Benediction by Donald L. Rutherford

 

 

     

Award Ceremony
Congratulations to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service on being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on November 2, 2011. It was a proud moment for our nation to see these three units being recognized for their valiant service and sacrifices.

The National Veterans Network would like to express our appreciation to Congressman Adam Schiff and Senator Barbara Boxer for their steadfast leadership to ensure the passage of the Congressional Gold Medal bill.

The veterans of the 100th, 442nd and MIS nationwide are grateful for this national recognition of their wartime service.

The National Veterans Network planned the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in 2011. It worked with the U.S. Congress, White House and the U.S. Mint to ensure that the ceremony and events surrounding it reflected the input and consensus of Japanese American World War II veterans and civic organizations nationwide.

 
  Major General Alfred M. Gruenther, representing Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson in the official ceremony at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on July 3, 1946, enumerated the decorations and awards won by the 442nd and said, “Your outstanding record was unsurpassed by any other unit of comparable size.” Gruenther said every Division in the 5th Army wanted the Nisei and soon the Sixth Army Group succeeded in getting the 442nd transferred to France. General Mark Clark, Commander of the 5th Army in Italy obtained General Dwight Eisenhower’s approval for the return of the 442nd to break the 6-month stalemate on the Italian front. Gruenther said “You participated with distinction in the final attack which brought about the surrender of the German group of Armies in Italy on May 2, 1945.”
 
 


Six minute overview of the 100th, 442nd and MIS produced for
the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony and Celebration in
Washington DC.