World War Two Nisei Soldiers
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum was honored to be one of only seven museums in the country to host the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to Nisei World War II veterans in recognition of their exceptional service, sacrifice and loyalty to America.
The limited-run exhibition, American Heroes: Japanese-American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal, shared the inspiring story of men who fought with bravery and valor on the battlefields of Europe and Asia, even as many of their loved ones back home were held in internment camps.
An estimated 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the military during and immediately after World War II, about 18,000 in the 442nd and 6,000 as part of the MIS. ... Nisei veterans formed a variety of clubs and organizations after the war that served social, community service, and political functions.