Ada MI Resident Awarded Congressional Gold Medal – 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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Click here for an article about Virgil Westdale, a member of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal along with the entire Combat Team.

Information on the 442nd from Wikipedia:

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Japanese: 第442連隊戦闘団) of the United States Army, was composed of Japanese-American enlisted men and mostly Caucasian officers. They fought primarily in Europe during World War II, beginning in 1944.

The families of many of its soldiers were subject to internment. The 442nd was a self-sufficient force, and fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and Germany. The unit became the most highly–decorated regiment in the history of the United States armed forces, including 21 Medal of Honor recipients. The motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was “Go for Broke.”

Click here for full Wikipedia article.

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