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100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment Receives JAVA Courage, Honor, Patriotism Award

Posted on April 8, 2014

Commander of The 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry received, on behalf of the 100 BN, 442nd Infantry, the Award for Courage, Honor, Patriotism from JAVA

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National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk Draws huge Participation; Jodie Bernstein is keynote speaker

Posted on April 7, 2014

The 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk, the first major event of the three-weeks long National Cherry Blossom Festival, was held at the National Japanese American World War II Memorial to Patriotism amidst the just blossoming cherry trees on a sunny Spring day, April 5, 2014.

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Teri Takai is Keynote speaker and Ambassador Malott Receives Highest JAVA Award at Quarterly Lunch

Posted on April 1, 2014

JAVA quarterly lunch featured a keynote address by Teresa M. Takai, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIO of the DOD and the presentation of JAVA award to retired Ambassador John R. Malott.

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JAVA offers Nine Scholarships this year. Senator Inouye’s scholarship is $5,000

Posted on March 16, 2014

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) will be offering nine scholarships for 2014 through its Memorial Scholarship Program.

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Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, JAVA Member

Posted on March 10, 2014

Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, JAVA Member, passed away on March 3, 2014

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Calvin Ninomiya, Esq. – Nisei Veterans activist passes

Posted on March 7, 2014

Calvin Ninomiya, Esq., retired chief counsel of the US Treasury Department Bureau of Public Debt and an official of several major Nisei veterans organizations, passed away on February 28, 2014.

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General Kiyofumi Iwata visits the National Japanese American Memorial

Posted on February 26, 2014

Ranking Japanese Army official visits National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism. Receives briefing from Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) officials.

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Day of Remembrance at the Smithsonian Museum on February 19, 2014

Posted on February 19, 2014

On February 19th, 2014, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History held a ceremony marking the return of the Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal.

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University of Cincinnati Celebrates Investiture of Dr. Santa J. Ono

Posted on February 8, 2014

On April 19, 2013, Santa J Ono, a Japanese American, the University of Cincinnati, “with pomp and circumstance, celebrated the formal investiture of Dr. Santa J. Ono as the 28th President of UC.”

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Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Chow

Posted on January 23, 2014

Edward Chow, Jr., Maryland’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs met with JAVA members on January 11, 2014.

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Miyako N. Schanely promoted to Brigadier General in the Army Engineer Corps

Posted on January 15, 2014

Colonel Miyako N. Schanely, USAR, was promoted to Brigadier General in the Army Engineer Corps in December 2013 at a ceremony at the 412th Theater Engineer Command’s headquarters in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she serves as Deputy Commander.

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Executive Director 2013 Annual Report

Posted on January 9, 2014

Colonel Bruce Hollywood, USAF (Ret), Executive Director, is proud to announce in his 2013 Annual Report that JAVA enjoyed considerable gains in operational results and in membership.

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Congressional Gold Medal Exhibition Opening at Houston Holocaust Museum

Posted on December 19, 2013

The Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas celebrated the opening of its Congressional Gold Medal Exhibition on December 19, 2013.

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JAVA donates $17,500 to The Honor Flight Network

Posted on December 5, 2013

On Veterans Day 2013, JAVA donated $17,500 to The Honor Flight Network (HFN) through JAVA’s “Giving Back Program,” a new fund supporting a veteran’s charity.

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JAVA President Discusses “Why Serve?”

Posted on November 7, 2013

Gerald Yamada, President of the Japanese American Veterans Association, addressed the Greater Falls Church Veterans Council on October 13, 2013, on the topic “Why Serve?”

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Grant Ujifusa – Keynote Speech at JAVA Quarterly Lunch in October 2013

Posted on November 3, 2013

Grant Ujifusa was the keynote speaker at the JAVA Quarterly Lunch on October 12, 2013. Mr. Ujifusa, a Sansei from Wyoming, is one of the founding editors of the “Almanac of American Politics.” Read the transcript of his speech.

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Pacific Fleet to Continue Rebalance Focus as Harris Assumes Command from Haney

Posted on October 17, 2013

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. relieved Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, October 16, 2013.

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Robert Nakamoto Receives high JAVA Award and Grant Ujifusa Speaks on Enactment of Redress

Posted on October 17, 2013

There were two important agenda items at JAVA Quarterly Lunch: Robert Nakamoto Receives high JAVA Award and Grant Ujifusa Speaks on Enactment of Redress

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T/Sgt Mitsukado’s letter “from somewhere in Burma”

Posted on September 27, 2013

T/Sgt Mitsukado’s letter “from somewhere in Burma” was viewed favorably at high levels in War Department and confirms Nisei value to World War II effort.

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Japan Bestows Special Honor Upon World War II Veteran Terry Shima

Posted on May 26, 2013

Terry Shima, Executive Director Emeritus of the JAVA, was presented with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by Ambassador of Japan Kenichiro Sasae.

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Read More Press Releases


February 19, 2014 Day of Remembrance Program at Smithsonian Institution. 10:00 AM
March 15, 2014 JAVA EC Meeting
March 29, 2014 JAVA Quarterly Lunch
April 5, 2014 Freedom Walk at NJAMP. 10:00 AM
April 12, 2014 Sakura Matsuri at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
May 25, 2014 Memorial Day Program at Columbarium, Arlington National Cemetery
May 26, 2014 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC
June 7, 2014 JAVA EC Meeting
July 12, 2014 JAVA Quarterly Lunch
October 11, 2014 JAVA EC Meeting
October 25, 2014 JAVA Quarterly Lunch
November 11, 2014 JAVA Veterans Day Program at NJAMP. 2:00 PM
December 20, 2014 JAVA EC Meeting
January 10, 2015 JAVA Quarterly Lunch


Feature Article -Congressional Gold Medal for members of 442nd RCT, 100th Bn, and MIS


Click here to see what took place in Washington, DC 1-3 Nov 2011 to honor the members of the 442nd RCT, 100th Bn, and the Military Intelligence Service.

View our past Feature Articles - Click Here

Regional organizations are hosting  Congressional Gold Medal events around the country.  See the Calendar events below.



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From Visitors to our Site

"We are doing a history group project about Japanese-American Internment Camps during WWII and were wondering if there are any veterans that are available for us to interview through email. " - Carolyn ceely07_11@yahoo.com


See pictures of the JAVA coin here! Click on image to enlarge.


The JAVA coins are now for sale for $10, plus $1 shipping/handling.  Please send your order to:  JAVA Books, P.O. Box 59, Dunn Loring, VA  22027   Checks should be made out to "JAVA"




 Gold Medal Events

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 Many Thanks to the Generous Donations from our members and friends:

     General Scholarship Fund

Robert F. Nannini (OR)

Ranger Hirabayashi Scholarship Fund

Lynn Bettencourt (PA)

Etsu Masaoka Scholarship Fund

Grant and Amy Ujifusa (NY)

COL PHil Ishio Scholarship Fund

Constance N. Ishio (MD)

JAVA General Fund

Yabitoon Books (CA)
Barabara Gardien (Wash DC)
Bryan Horikami (MD)
Judge Charles and Dorie Kabayashi (CA)
Col Bruce Hollywood, USAF (Ret) VA)

Round Robin and Advocate

CAPT Homer Yasui, USNR (Ret) and Miyuki (OR)

 Regional organizations are holding  Congressional Gold Medal programs as per schedule below:


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