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Gold Medal For Japanese American Army Units

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. WATT. Madam Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 347, a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, United States Army.

The 100th Infantry Battalion fought valiantly in World War II in the Italian, French and German theaters. The 100th Infantry Battalion consisted of Americans of Japanese descent that bravely fought for their country at a time when all people of Japanese ancestry, whether they were citizens or noncitizens, were sent to interment camps.

Members of the 100th Infantry Battalion were honored with six awards of the Distinguished Service Cross in the first 8 weeks of combat. And the battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its actions in battle on June 26 and 27, 1944.

The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery, valor and patriotism of these men who fought fascism abroad and racism at home. They are true American heroes. And I am honored to support legislation awarding members of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team the Congressional Gold Medal.

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