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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.



The Smithsonian Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal digital exhibition is now online!

  • The National Veterans Network, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center have launched "The Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal" digital online exhibition centered on the outstanding military service of Nisei soldiers during World War II, including those who served in combat, in supporting roles and as part of the Japan Occupation. The online exhibition tells the life stories of 12 soldiers and was launched on May 12 at http://cgm.smithsonianapa.org and http://americanhistory.si.edu. Additionally, a historical video about the Nisei Soldiers and photos have now been added to the Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal display in the Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibition in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC.
  • To support the programs and educational initiatives that will perpetuate the legacy of the Nisei Soldier at the national level, please DonateNow or to send your donation to P.O. Box 1221, Torrance, CA 90505. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information, email us at info@nationalveteransnetwork.com.