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Varsity Victory Volunteers DVD

Setting aside textbooks, pens and paper, they took up picks, shovels and hammers to prove that they – and their families – were loyal Americans.

Relive the remarkable story of University of Hawaii ROTC cadets of Japanese ancestry who were determined to dispel the cloud of distrust hovering over the Japanese community in Hawaii following Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Expelled from the Hawaii Territorial Guard, they petitioned the military governor overseeing Hawaii under martial law for the right to form a civilian labor battalion. Their loyalty and patriotism impressed the Assistant Secretary of War, and soon thereafter President Franklin Roosevelt announced the formation of a Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. To this day, the 442nd RCT is the most highly decorated unit, by size and length of service, in the history of the US Army.

It began with 190 determined young college students.

Wording of the VVV Petition on front of DVD jacket:
We, the undersigned, were members of the Hawaii Territorial Guard until its recent inactivation. We joined the Guard voluntarily with the hope that this was one way to serve our country in her time of need. Needless to say, we were deeply disappointed when we were told that our services in the Guard were no longer needed. Hawaii is our home; the United States, our country. We know but one loyalty and that is to the Stars and Stripes. We wish to do our part as loyal Americans in every way possible and we hereby offer ourselves for whatever service you may see fit to use us.


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