Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 2, Number 10

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Vol. 2 No. 10
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
October 1986
The Mile-Hi Chapter is sponsoring a long overdue "Salute to Nisei
Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 1986. As part of this salute,
a photo exhibit will be on display on the second level of Sakura
Square. This exhibit, some of whose photographs are shown in this
newsletter, will eventually be placed into a permanent exhibit at the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Part of the funds raised
by this salute will be given to the National Japanese American His-
torical Society to help defray the cost of the Smithsonian eshibit.
At left, members of the 100/442 Regimental Combat Team (RCT) are shown
entering the French town of Bruyeres after liberating the town from
the Germans. The 40th anniversary of this liberation was observed
in 1984 and the film 'Yankee Samurai' produced by Katriel Schory and
made during the anniversary celebration will be shown as part of the
Salute. The film will be shown on November 11th at 7:30 pm at the
Corkin Theater of the Houston Fine Art Center, 7111 Montview Blvd.
Mr. Eric Saul, curator of the U.S Army museum at the Persidio will
be the featured speaker. Mr. Bill Hosokawa will be the Master of
Ceremonies. There will be an informal reception after the cere-
monies. All veterans of Japanese ancestry regardless of the time
of service are invited as guests of the Salute. It is ironic
that many of the soldiers who served with the 100/422 RCT were
recruited into the Army while incarcerated at 'Relocation Centers'
because of the evacuation of Japanese, US citizen or not, from
the west coast. Shown at right, the confusion after arriving at
one of 'Relocation Centers'. 8ecause of the rapidity in which
the evacuation was carried out, many Japanese suffered huge finan-
cial losses in addition to the personal degradation and trauma.
The redress action by the JACL is in partial renumeration for this
loss. The irony continued after the 100th Battalion completed combat
training, Eisenhower's staff declined to take them. The 100th then
joined the 34th 'Red Bull' Division. After their first baptism of
fire in Italy, General Mark W. Clark, shown reviewing the troops at
left, said of the 100th, "They performed magnificently on the field
of battle. I've never had such fine soldiers. Send me all you got."
The 100th, later joined by the 442nd to form the 100/422 RCT went on
to become the most decorated unit for its size and length of service.
They paid a high price for such distinction. The average rate of
casualties for all troops during World War II was 5.8%. The casualty
rate for the Japanese Americans was 28.5%! In all, 33,000 Nisei
served in the United States armed forces and sacrificed 694 dead.
In a continuation of the irony, scouts of the 522nd Field Artil-
lery Battalion, 100/422 RCT were among the first Allied troops
to release prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp. Shown
at right, members of the 522nd assist prisoners who have just
been released. Against orders, the troops gave the prisoners
food, clothing and medical supplies. The reason was obvious,
the prisoners were sick, starving and dying. Orange peelings
discarded by our troops were salvaged and shared among the pri-
soners who had not had any fruit or vegetables for months.
They had scurvy and their teeth were falling out. Factual in-
formation from the book Go For Broke by Chester Tanaka.
Photographs are from the Go For Broke exhibit.

Congratulations to the Community Graduation Golf com-
mittee for an outstanding job on the 2nd annual 'Go For
Broke' Tournament. A good time was had by all. They
tell me it will be bigger and even better next year.
Congratulations are also in order for the Kansha-no-
Hi Committee. Its nice to see the real behind the scenes
people get recognized for their continued support of our
community. Congratulations and thank you:
Mr. John Matsuno
Mr. Motoichi Ozaki
Mr. Frank Uyenishi
Mr. Shun Aoyagi
Mrs. Nao Arai
Mrs. Kathryn Kawakami
Ms. Carol Miyagishima
Mr. Frank Yamaguchi
Mrs. Florence nakata
Mrs. Ruth Suekama
Mr. Sam Suekama
Mr. Hideichi Yoshida
Our sponsors for this month and for the
second time is MEM Travel Inc. 1215 19th
Street, Denver, CO 80202. Tel. 295-1300
Mr. 1Yr Tsuchimoto shown at left is the
President of the firm which has been in
its present location at Sakura Square for
over 2 years. MEM provides all types of
travel service, specializing in group or
individual travel. Having a specialized
knowledge of the Orient, MEM provides
services to incoming groups often on very
short notice. MEM can provide service on
air travel, rental cars and hotel accomo-
dations if necessary. MEM is the only Nisei owned travel
agency in the metropolitan area and deserves support not
only from JACL members but also from the community. Other
members of the MEM staff are: Miki Tsuchimoto, VP Inbound,
Kristie Becker, Manager, Vickie Iszler, Travel Counselor
and Miyeko Elaine Newhouse, Travel Counselor. Our sincere
thanks for the continued support from MEM Travel Inc.!
November will be a busy month for the Mile-Hi Chapter.
We'll need as much help as possible on the activities
associated with the Chapters efforts to raise funds and
to honor those Veterans of Japanese American Ancestry in
the Denver and surrounding area. We will kick things off
on November 1st with the opening of the 'Go For Broke
Exhibit' at Sakura Square. The exhibit will be open on
a daily basis through November 23rd. As you can see, a
tremendous amount of support will be required just to man
the display. We are very fortunate, however, that Carolyn
Takeshita has volunteered to coordinate this effort. If
you can spare a few hours please call Carolyn at 455-4987
and she will be more than happy to schedule you.
The highlight of this program will take place, appro-
priately, on November 11, Veterans Day. At 7:30 pm at
the Houston Fine Arts Center, Corkin Hall on the Colo-
rado Womens College Campus, a brief ceremony will be
held honoring our Nisei Veterans. Following the pre-
sentation a fifty minute documentary titled 'Yankee
Samurai1 will be shown. I know you will enjoy and be
moved by this excellent movie. Mr. Eric Saul, Curator
of the Army Museum at the Persidio will also speak at
this ceremony.
Proceeds from this exhibit will be used to help fund
the 'East to America Exhibit, which will be placed in
the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. A small
portion of the funds will also be used as a fundraiser
for the Chapter.
I need your support and your help to make this entire
event a memorable occasion. Your assistance in helping
us identify veterans and selling tickets would be greatly
To help in the distribution of the tickets, we have
included 10 tickets in this newsletter. Nominal costs
for each adult ticket is $15 and $5 for student tickets.
If more tickets are needed, please call me at 469-4337
or call Kent Yoritomo at 936-4362. Checks may be made
payable to the Mile-Hi Chapter
The following is a brief synopsis of the minutes of the
regular Chapter meeting held on September 4, 1986.
Nine members were in attendence.
Dennis Ioka passed out the treasurers report which was
accepted as presented.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted as |
read. j
Mr. Aki Hata reported that he had been out of the country !
for most of the summer and therefore was unavailable. He
had talked with Bob Sakaguchi and decided that the musical
review will be held in the spring of 1987.
Bob Sakaguchi reported on a survey conducted to determine
the effects of the evacuation on the Sansei. He suggested !
an article on this subject in the Mile-Hi Notes.
Bob Sakaguchi stated that theChapter needed appoint a
Scholarship Chairman. He will contact the past chairman,
Dr. Wayne Itano if there are no volunteers.
The 'Salute to Nisei Veterans' was discussed as an item
of old business. We were unable to secure a commercial
sponsor for the photo exhibit. However, Tom Masamori reported j
that a portion of the second level of Sakura Square could be
made available. It was agreed that this space whould be
examined for suitability.
Concerning Mr.Eric Saul, Tom Masamori stated that Mr.
Saul wanted to interview people from the MIS as well as
people who underwent the evacuation. Tom asked for sugges-
tions on names.
The forthcoming 1987 Tri District Conference was discussed.
Suggested dates are August 6-9 if we plan a maximum meeting.
Suggested activities were registration and an informal mixer
for August 6th, tours and sports events for August 7th, busi-
ness sessions for the 8th and wrapup and departure for the
Details on the 'Kansha-no-Hi were discussed.
It was suggested that the newsletter be sent to the JIHO.
Meeting was adjourned.

Sfftib ~ = JBUi More photos
.... ._._..................... from the exhibit.
% f 'w Wy' At left, 100/442
A ** ' ' RCT medics move
casualties to the
rear. Some units
suffered a 300%
casualty rate,
which means that
the entire unit
was replaced 3
times! At right,
Nisei soldiers
move captured German prisoners to the rear. Loyalty to each other
added to the effectiveness of the Nisei. Veterans have reported
that no Nisei soldier needed to fear of being left alone if he
were wounded or cut off. Units would search throughout the night
it necessary to find any missing. At right, Niseis moving supplies
forward with the ubiquitous 'Jeep'. Moving into combat,the 100/ 442
RCT were told by General Charles Ryder, 34th Division that, 'Nobody
could fight in combat carrying a full field pack. You will carry
your food, a poncho, you will carry some socks and underwear. .
You will carry your ammunition and your weapons." Quite obviously
the 100/442 listened and learned well. They should, the average IQ
of those In the 100/442 was 119, nine points higher than that requi-
red for officer candidate school. Also the 100/442 had more college graduates than any unit similar in size.
An example concerns 8ob Hoichi Kubo from Hawaii.
"After a last-ditch suicide charge by Japanese soldiers on Saipan
was repelled, Bob Hoichi Kubo slid down a rope into a large cave
and unarmed and alone, faced holdout Japanese soldiers. They cursed
at him for wearing an American uniform, why, they screamed, was he
fighting for the United States? "Is there a Samurai among you?"
he replied. Then he recited an ancient verse familiar to all of them
in which a Samurai responds to his father who has just urged him to
lead his forces against the Emperor. "If to kin I am true, then dis-
loyal to throne I would be, if loyal to throne I would be, then un-
true to kin I must be." The Japanese soldiers understood, then, that
the Nisei had developed an unshakeable loyalty to their nation. They
bowed, apologized, and surrendered to Kubo." Above right, MIS Nisei
Nisei at a command post. Initially, most of the officers of the
100/442 were caucasion although many Nisei won battlefield commis-
sions through combat. Of the 33,000 Nisei who served in the United
States armed forces during World War II, 6000 served in the Pacific
with the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). There, they were cre-
dited by General Douglas MacArthur with shortening the war in the
Pacific by two years. While only 3 percent of the Nisei could speak
Japanese fluently, those who could went to Military Intelligence
Language Schools (MISLS) in Monterey, Camp Savage and Fort Snelling
to be later assigned to various Army, navy and marine units. The
MIS veterans faced aparticularly tough assignment because they were
Japanese and oftentimes could not be distinguished from the enemy.
The story goes -
in the Pacific. Below left, President Harry S.
Truman salutes the 100/442 RCT Color Guard after presenting the
seventh Presidential Unit Citation. At the presentation ceremony
on the White House lawn, President Truman stated, "You fought for
the free nations of the world. .you fought not only the enemy,
you fought prejudice and you won. Keep up that fight. continue
to win make this great Republic stand for what the Constitution
says it stands for: 'the welfare of all the people, all the time."
In sponsoring the 'Salute to Nisei Veterans, the Mile-Hi Chapter
believes that it is carrying on that fight-

Shown above, recipients and committee members at the second annual 'Kansha-no-Hi' ceremonies. Back row from
left to right: Tom Masamori, Vice Chairman, Don Tanabe, Chairman Nominations Committee, Lil Masamori, Mile-Hi
Chapter JACL, Henry Suzuki, Japanese Association of Colorado, Youko Yamasaki, Denver Buddhist Temple, Dave Tagawa,
Chairman, Mr. Motoichi Ozaki, recipient, Kent Yoritomo, Denver Central Optimist, Carol Miyagishima, recipient,
Rose Tanabe, Brighton Nisei Womens Club, Ruth Suekama, recipient, Karen Tagawa, Secretary, Sam Suekama, recipient,
Bob Sakaguchi, President Mile-Hi Chapter, Mr. Shun Aoyagi, recipient, Jim Hada, Nisei Post 185, Mrs. Sadako
Tsubokawa, Japanese Association of Colorado, George Hishinuma, Simpson United Methodist Church, Sumi Takeno Mile-
Hi Chapter and Dorothry Fujino, Mistress of Ceremonies. Seated: Mrs. Kathryn Kawakami, Mr. Frank Yamaguchi,
Mr. John Matsuno, Mr. Yoshinaga 'Frank' Uyenishi, Mrs. Nao Arai, Mrs. Florence Nakata and Mr. Hideichi Yoshida.
This year's ceremonies was a hugh success with nearly 300 attending the ceremony and the buffet supper. Thanks
are due the hard-working committee and to the supporting organizations.
Min Yasui is at home recovering
from surgery. He still maintains
an active interest in Dhapter acti-
vities, particularly in the 'Salute'
which was largely due to his initia-
tive. Chapter members and JACLers
throughout the country wish Min
well and speedy recovery.
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in two
very successful Nikkei community events. The first was
the Japanese American Community Graduation Program (JACGP)
Golf Tournament. Under perfect weather conditions, over
100 golfers had a great time and the event was a big
financial success. The second successful event was the
just concluded second annual 'Kansha-no-Hi'. Again,
with nearly perfect conditions, 12 recipients and 300
guests enjoyed a dignified and moving community event
which brought together young and old, groups regardless
of affiliation, community leaders and the good people.
These events demonstrate that our community has the
talent and the energy to bring about major successful
events. I am personally aware of the hard work and dedi-
cation put in by a small core of talented people who
cared enough to try. The worrisome thing is that too
often the same people are doing the bulk of the work.
_ogic should tell us t^at this cannot continue indefi-
nately. Sooner or later, some of these individuals may move
from the area or worse yet begin questioning why they are
the only ones working. Even a casual observation will soon
reveal that our community will soon be face with very serious
problems. Consider the age of the Nisei's let alone the
Issei. Are we as a community going to be able to address
problems of health or shelter or are we going to rely solely
on the municipal support? I believe that we will haV^TE£tx
face up to these realities? Are we, as a community,, go^ng.^
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to be up to the challenge?
Mile-Hi Chapter JACL
5946 W. Iowa PI.
lakewood, CO 80226
Mr, Minoru Yasui
1150 S. Williams St
Denver, CO 80210