Local members of 442nd attend documentary reception

Veterans valor celebrated
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Central Square in Auburn was filled last week during a reception for the Northern California premiere of the World War II documentary “Valor with Honor.” The film by Burt Takeuchi was shown at the State Theatre and honors the World War II service of Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. Of the more than 100 residents of Placer County who served in the 442nd RCT, the only known veterans living today are Frank Kageta, Norm Hamada, Shigeo Yokote and George Hamai, all of whom were honored during the June 24 reception. Veteran Alfred Nitta died May 31 of this year. Above, Ken Tokutomi of the Placer Japanese American Citizens League discusses the planned installation of a bronze monument at the Placer Justice Center in Roseville, “Rescue of the Lost Battalion,” dedicated to the men of the 442nd RCT and MIS. The film’s screening was a benefit for the monument project.