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Veterans pay respects to Japanese Americans killed during World War II

NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC AT PUNCHBOWL (HawaiiNewsNow) - 

At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Sunday morning, a memorial service to honor fallen World War II veterans of Japanese-American ancestry.

The annual ceremony happens on the anniversary of the passing of veteran Shigeo "Joe" Takata.

He was the first American of Japanese ancestry killed in action during the war.

The service recognizes members from four different Japanese-American units.

"It was a very fascinating and very emotional ceremony that allowed all participants to honor the fallen of World War II veterans of AJA, including my dad", said Lawrence Enomoto of the Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club.

Last year, veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service received the congressional gold medal.

It's the nation's highest civilian award.

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