HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

24

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO ISSUE POSTAL STAMPs HONORING THE WORLD WAR II JAPANESE-AMERICAN NISEI SOLDIERS, other distinguished military units in United states history, and americans WHO FOUGHT against discrimination based on race or national origin.

 

 

 


†††† WHEREAS, Over 20,000 Nisei (Second-generation Japanese- American) enlisted in the United States Army in World War II, many from internment camps, despite the prejudice generated after the attack of Pearl Harbor by Japan in 1941; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, on February 1, 1943, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was activated by President Roosevelt, stating that "Americanism is not and never was, a matter of race and ancestry"; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, among their many battles, Nisei soldiers in Europe fought at Monte Cassino, and were critical in breaking the German "Gothic Lines," and liberating towns such as Bruyeres, Biffontaine, and Belvedere, as well as freeing and aiding Holocaust victims from the Dachau concentration camps; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, the most famous Nisei unit, the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team also known as the "Go For Broke" regiment, was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in American history; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Teamís rescue of the "Lost Battalion" was acknowledged to be one of the prominent battles in Army history in which they led a heroic drive through German lines in the Vosges Mountains in October 1944 freeing over 200 fellow American soldiers of the 36th Texas Division; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, the Nisei soldiers of World War II earned 21 Medals of Honor, nine Presidential Unit citations, and more than 9,000 Purple Hearts; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, Japanese-American soldiers of World War II proved their loyalty through the sacrifices they made in service to the United States and the decorations and awards they earned are a permanent and indisputable record of their bravery and patriotism; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, in 2006 a nationwide campaign started in California to urge the United States Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp to honor the contributions of the Japanese-American soldiers of World War II; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, the Postal Service has issued stamps honoring other brave and distinguished minority veterans groups, such as Hispanic-American soldiers recognized in 1984 and African-American Buffalo Soldiers in 1994; and

 

†††† WHEREAS, the service of these minority soldiers throughout our country's history helped to dispel many of the myths that were so prevalent about the abilities and loyalties of these individuals, and worked towards enhancing race relations and ending discrimination based on race; and

 

WHEREAS, numerous other military units have served with distinction throughout the history of this great nation, including units such as the 54th Massachusetts during the American Civil War, and the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions during World War II; now, therefore,

 

†††† BE IT RESOLVED by the of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature urges the Postmaster General to approve the issuance of a United States commemorative stamp honoring the significant contributions of the Nisei Soldiers in the United States Army during World War II and honoring their shining example of patriotic sacrifice in our nationís history, for their service with outstanding valor despite the many obstacles against them; and


†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Postmaster General is also urged to consider and approve the issuance of United States commemorative stamps honoring other distinguished military units from throughout the history of this great nation; and

 

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Postmaster General is also urged to consider and approve the issuance of United States commemorative stamps honoring individuals and organizations who were instrumental in enhancing race relations in the United States and who worked towards ending discrimination based on race or national origin; and

 

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to United States Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer John Potter and Hawaii's Congressional Delegation.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:†

442nd Go For Broke; Commemorative Stamps