Japanese-American World War II soldiers, vets honored in ceremony

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fallen Japanese-American World War II soldiers and veterans were honored in a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Sunday.

The sixth annual Joint Memorial Service has held by the Oahu Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans Council. It honored soldiers who fought honorably for America, even though their units were racially segregated.

Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific Commander, was the event's keynote speaker.

"Modern veterans, and all of us standing in uniform today, owe a vast debt of gratitude for you who have set the standard high long before us, who served our nation so valiantly during its darkest hour," Wiercinski told the gathering.

The Army's 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service will be honored with a Congressional gold medal this November.

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