Governor to Honor WWII Japanese-American Veterans

WHAT: Governor Gary R. Herbert will honor Utah’s Japanese-American Veterans from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service.  These 11 men received the Congressional Gold Medal for their service on November 2, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

WHO: Governor Gary R. Herbert, Terry Schow (Executive Director, Veteran Affairs), Sherri Hayashi (Labor Commissioner), Representative Curt Oda, Japanese-American Veterans and their families.

WHERE: Utah State Capitol Gold Room, 350 State Capitol Building

WHEN: Friday, November 11th, 10:30 – 11:00 AM

BACKGROUND: The 100th Infantry Battalion was the first U.S. Army unit composed entirely of Japanese-Americans.  It was activated June 5, 1942.  The 100th Infantry Battalion formally merged with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team on August 2, 1944.  By the end of WWII, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was the most decorated unit in United States military history.