(KAHULUI) “Our Heroes”, historic interviews and eyewitness accounts from Nisei Veterans who served in the Pacific during World War II will air at 6:30 pm on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 on Akaku Blue Channel 55. This special presentation is the first of a series, sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans and hosted by Deidre Tegarden.
During World War II, approximately 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the US Armed Forces. The Nisei Veterans fought in Europe, in the Pacific, and in Asia. They fought overseas, while many of their families were imprisoned in internment camps.
Nisei Veterans Memorial Center
Moderator, David Fukuda, explains that these men were bound by secrecy of their activities for three decades until the passing of the Freedom of Information Act. These men were part of the Military Intelligence Service Counter Intelligence Core and were responsible for translation of documents, prisoner intelligence, helping save lives and rebuilding post war Japan. You’ll hear reflections about the war, it’s tragedies as well as stories of humanity.
The Nisei veterans volunteered to serve their country, even as the country questioned their loyalty. They proved that loyalty on the faraway battlefields, becoming the most highly decorated unit in U.S. Army history for its size and length of service.
You can find this program on Akaku Blue Channel 55 6:30pm Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 or online at: https://last.dev.akaku.org/channel-55/