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Updated Jan 14, 2013 - 12:10 pm

70 years later, US finally honoring Japanese-American vets

The thousands of Japanese-Americans who served in World War II are being recognized and honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Now, you must understand there were entire military units, battalions of Japanese-Americans, who were only allowed to serve, segregated, after 1943. Before that, Japanese-Americans, some having lived in the U.S. for generations, were considered enemy aliens. Finally, they were allowed to offer their lives, volunteering to fight for a country that confiscated their families businesses and belongings, sending thousands to repatriation camps.

Japanese-Americans were incarcerated simply because of their names and the way they looked.

There were no camps for Klaus and Inge or Giuseppe and Maria. The Germans and Italians were our enemies too, but they looked like us and they fought side-by-side with the other white guys.

So now, the Congressional Gold Medal will tour the nation to honor those heroic Japanese-Americans soldiers.

Perhaps, one day we'll allow our black fighting men the chance to show their gratitude for all we've given them.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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