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Rafu Shimpo: Japanese Americans Know the Price of Freedom

posted by Randall

442nd Regimental Combat TeamA new exhibition from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will include stories of heroism from Japanese American veterans who served in World War II, reports Rafu Shimpo.

The digital exhibition will be part of “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” in 2016.

One of those veterans is Kazuo Masuda, who died fighting for his country even as the rest of his family was behind barbed wire in an incarceration camp.

He died while saving two of his men in the F Company of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Despite his heroism, he was refused burial at his family’s local cemetery in Santa Ana, CA.

A delegation from the army presented Masuda’s family with the Distinguished Service Cross. Among those in the delegation was Captain Ronald Reagan.

Masuda’s heroism was again cited more than 40 years later when President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 providing redress to Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in World War II.

You can read more stories from those who will be featured in the digital exhibition in Rafu Shimpo.

 

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