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Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal - the nation's highest civilian award - was bestowed collectively on the U.S. Army's 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service for their extraordinary accomplishments in the war. The men in these units, comprised almost entirely of persons of Japanese ancestry, fought with bravery and valor against America's enemies on the battlefields in Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps.
Holocaust Museum Houston today Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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"Honor and Sacrifice" tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by World War II. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill's Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan and became a hero when he used his Japanese language skills and military training to save his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same time, his parents and sisters were living in their family's ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy's daughter Karen as she discovers her father's work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years. Ann Takehara and Marion and Kenneth Takehara will lead a post-film discussion at the Holocuast Museum Houston.