A look at Asian American Pacific Islander veterans who've been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Connecting Vets
May 12, 2020 - 9:32 am

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and a recent VAntage Point Blog post took a look back on AAPI veterans honored through Congressional Gold Medals.

Nisei soldiers

The 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team fought in the European campaign during World War II. The Military Intelligence Service consisted of Japanese American linguists who served in the Pacific campaign and the Occupation of Japan. The service fought in every major battle and during the invasion against the Japanese military.

Nisei linguists intercepted and deciphered enemy communications, translated documents, and interrogated Japanese prisoners of war The Nisei soldiers received a Congressional Gold Medal Nov. 2, 2011, during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall.

41 members of this American Samoa family are training together at Fort Lee

Filipino veterans

Filipino-American and American soldiers defended U.S. sovereign territory under United States Army Forces in the Far East command. This came after President Roosevelt’s call-to-arms in July 1941 to address rising tensions with Japan in the Pacific. Their valiant service was an integral part of the Allied victory over Axis forces in World War II.

PHOTOS: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Army during World War II

The Filipino Veterans of World War II  received a Congressional Gold Medal Oct. 25, 2017, during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol. Congress collectively awarded the medal to those who served honorably in an active duty status between July 26, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946.

Congressional Gold Medal
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Chinese Americans

Five Chinese-American veterans were recognized in a ceremony celebrating their service during a Congressional Gold Medal event in January of 2019 at VA’s Central Office in Washington, D.C.

The veterans represented more than 20,000 Chinese Americans who served during World War II. The ceremony followed President Donald Trump’s signing of the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act, bipartisan legislation that was passed unanimously by the Senate and the House of Representatives

Images of the candidate designs for the medal can be found here.

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