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The National Veterans Network is a coalition that enlightens the public about the legacy of Japanese American World War II soldiers.
  They Were All American  
  They fought prejudice at home and the enemy abroud

Incarcerated after Pearl Harbor, they fought bravely in World War II.
After Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese hysteria in America reached a fever pitch. Executive order 9066 created military zones in Hawaii and on the West Coast. People of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and herded into camps. They lost homes, businesses and personal belongings. Conditions in the camps were abysmal. Nevertheless, thousands of young men volunteered to fight for America.

Sixty-six years later, Congress recognized them with a Gold Medal.
They joined the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These units played crucial roles in European combat and decoding Japanese communications. They proved that, in America, shared values, not ancestry, determine allegiances. More than six decades later, Congress recognized their achievements with a Congressional Gold Medal. This is their story.


Update: Congressional Gold Medal Nisei Soldier Digital Exhibition


  • Holidays greetings from the National Veterans Network. We are excited to announce the launch of the Congressional Gold Medal digital exhibition. To learn more, please view the announcement letter.
  • The National Veterans Network is developing the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian National Museum of American History. This digital exhibition will serve as the educational arm to the Congressional Gold Medal that is now on display in the Price of Freedom exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. To be unveiled in 2016, it will bring to life the personal stories of Japanese-American WWII soldiers and will show how the entire Japanese American WWII experience has helped to transform America over the past seven decades. For more information, visit NVN to Produce Digital Exhibit or watch Online Video.

  • To support the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition, donate now at DonateNow or send a check payable to "National Veterans Network/Tides Center" to P.O. Box 1221, Torrance, CA 90505.