Congress finally honors Japanese-American soldiers

KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of Japanese-American soldiers are now recipients of the highest civilian honor given by Congress.

The awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal comes nearly seven decades after Pearl Harbor was attacked and the soldiers' loyalty was questioned.

About 19,000 Japanese-Americans served in the three units that were honored during a ceremony Wednesday at the Capitol.

Those units are the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.

The soldiers in those units were among the most highly decorated in the war. Many served despite members of their family being forced into internment camps.

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