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Congress honors Japanese-American WWII vets

HONOLULU (AP) - Congress has passed a measure that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese-American veterans of World War II. The House passed the legislation by voice vote Thursday. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The bill gives the medal collectively to those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. About two-thirds of the servicemen were from Hawaii.

The veterans volunteered to fight for the United States even though they were branded "enemy aliens" and some of their families were detained in internment camps.

The medal would be given to the Smithsonian Institution. The legislation authorizes the Treasury to make bronze duplicates of the medal.

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