November 6, 2011
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony - Part 1
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
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.
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.”