Medal of the French Legion of Honor awarded to 6 World War II Nisei veterans of the 442nd Combat Team Regiment


HONOLULU (KHON2) – Six Nisei veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were honored with the French Legion of Honor medal at the Pacific National Cemetery on Monday, November 8.

They received the insignia of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, which is the country’s highest decoration for their courageous and heroic acts in France during World War II.

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Those who have been honored are:
Hajime miyamoto
Seichi Oshiro
Takashi shirakata
Minoru Tamashiro
Kankichi Albert Nakama
Hideo Nakayama

Family members accepted the award on their behalf.

The Consul General of France in San Francisco Frédéric Jung and the Honorary Consul of France in Hawaii Guillaume Maman were present at the ceremony.

“Over the years, France has been very, very kind in awarding our veterans these kinds of honors,” said Karl Okemura, president of the 442nd Veterans Club. “They still remember today what the 442nd Nisei did in France during WWII.”

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The French Legion of Honor medal was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as a general order of military and civil merit.