NVC Newsletter

June 2010, Volume 60, Issue 6

Nisei Veterans Committee 65th Annual Memorial Day Service

Although the weather was cold, wet and blustery, approximately 300 people braved the elements to attend the NVC’s 65th Annual Memorial Day Service at Lake View Cemetery. Mistress of Ceremony, Colleen Fukui-Sketchley began the ceremony by welcoming a host of honored guests, including Congressman Jim McDermott and Consul General of Japan Kiyokazu Ota and his wife, Mrs. Junko Ota...


NVC Speakers Series: Sat Ichikawa, "Obochan"

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Mr. Satoru Ichikawa shared his personal and family history to a ‘standing-room’ only crowd in the NVC meeting room. They were not disappointed, as Sat told his story with a wealth of pictures reflecting the different people, events, and places in his life.

Letter from Bruyeres: A Walk of Remembrance

The friendship between Bruyères and the Japanese-Americans started 66 years ago thanks to an historic event that everybody knows well on each side of the Ocean -- the Battle of Bruyères-Biffontaine. After the war, some Nisei on duty in Germany came back to Bruyères for commemorations.

Flags Placed to Honor Veterans at Washelli Cemetery

Although it was a cold and rainy Saturday on May 29, 2010, approximately 30 hardy people gathered at Washelli Cemetery to honor our deceased Nisei veterans by planting American flags next to their grave markers or headstones.

Scout Troop 252 Visits NVC Hall

Mr. Nelson Harano, Scoutmaster of the Buddhist Church Scouts, members of Troop 252 and their families visited NVC Hall on May 30th at noon and were welcomed by Dale Kaku, past Commander of the NVC.

Wartime Awards and Medals

It has come to my attention that not all of the WWII Nisei Veterans have received all their earned medals from the war -- both U.S. and foreign. You may still receive your medals from the U.S. Army...

Seattle MIS Veterans View Exhibit

Thirty-five former Seattle members of the US Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS), wives and friends gathered April 27th to view the exhibits Chris Sketchley has been working on over the past few years. The exhibit honors the MIS members and explains their activities during WW II.

Texas Will Retain 442nd and Internment in Textbooks

The Chairperson of the Texas State Board of Education sent an email note on June 2, 2010, stating that the SBOE has approved the inclusion in the 5th grade text books information about the “442nd Regimental Combat Team.”

Honoring Fallen Soldiers

A letter from Keith Yamaguchi, President of the NVC Foundation, asking for KIA brick donations for local Japanese American soldiers killed in action in conflicts that span the Spanish American War, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict and the Grenada Invasion.

Where Are They Now?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? U.S. Navy Ensign Natalya E. Aoki, daughter of Paul and Michele Aoki, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD on 28 May 2010 and was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy.