National Veterans Network
A coalition of Japanese American Veteran and Civic Organizations
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
September 24, 2010
The US Congress has passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 100th, 442nd and MIS.
Personnel in the Military Intelligence Service who qualify for the CGM are those who “intercepted radio transmissions, translated enemy documents, interrogated enemy prisoners of war, volunteered for reconnaissance and covert intelligence missions, and persuaded enemy combatants to surrender” while they served overseas or in the US during WW II.
All members and families of the 100, 442 and MIS and the Japanese American community are deeply grateful and humbled to receive the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow on an individual or group.
The National Veterans Network (NVN), an organization of 22 Japanese American veterans and civic organizations was organized to assist the US Congress as appropriate to organize a two‐day program in Washington, DC to celebrate this important event.
Congressional sources have informed us that priority for seating will be given to living 100, 442, and MIS veterans. NVN believes that widows or next of kin of Nisei killed in action or deceased veterans also should be recognized for priority seating.
We will strive to achieve that goal.
The date of the award ceremony will be announced by the Speaker of the House.
Because of the extensive preparatory work that must be done, e.g. the minting of the medal, we believe the award date will be in Summer or Fall of 2011.
Also, we have been advised that there is only one gold medal that will be presented to all three units.
Replicas of the medals will be available for sale at the time of the congressional ceremony.
The first step in this endeavor is to take a headcount of those in the following categories who are planning to come to Washington, DC for the two‐day award festivities.
She is a member of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) but in this endeavor has volunteered to serve NVN. She will be the keeper of the master list.
Or, send to Terry Shima
415 Russell Ave, #1005
Gaithersburg, MD 20877