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"A Tradition of Honor" is an 82-minute documentary that follows the remarkable story of the legendary Japanese American World War II units, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service.  Through the testimonies of 40 Japanese American veterans, “A Tradition of Honor” traces the emotional stories from their humble beginnings in the sugarcane fields of Hawaii and farming communities on the West Coast, to the events that made them the most decorated unit for their size and length of service in American military history.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, many people saw Japanese Americans as the enemy.  The government reinforced this belief and was guilty of forced segregation when it forced nearly all 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast into concentration camps.  When the government finally asked Japanese American men to fight for their country, many saw this as an opportunity to prove their loyalty.

“A Tradition of Honor” follows the journey of the 100th Bn and the 442nd RCT as they fought their way through Italy and eventually to France where they successfully rescued the Lost Battalion, one of the 10 most significant battles in US history.  In one of the more ironic chapters of the war, soldiers whose own families were still in American concentration camps, helped liberate survivors of the Holocaust a sub-camp at Dachau.  In the Pacific Theatre, Japanese Americans serving as interpreters used their understanding of the Japanese language and traditions to provide intelligence that decreased allied casualties.  The final chapter of the war is a unique perspective of the formal surrender by Japan aboard the deck of the battleship USS Missouri. Following the surrender is the stirring first-hand account of the devastation of Hiroshima after the dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb.

After September 11, this story serves as a reminder that as Americans, we all have a diverse heritage but never again shall American citizens of any descent, be denied their constitutional rights.  “A Tradition of Honor” is a compelling illustration of personal strength, courage and a testimony to the power of the human spirit.

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