Future Generations

Other Contributors to the Greatness of America

The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, former 7th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs and 34th Army Chief of Staff (Photo: U.S. Army)

“You must love those you lead before you can be an effective leader, you can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it. And without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance.” 

General John F. Campbell, U.S. Army, is former Commanding General United Nations Forces in Afghanistan and 34th Army Vice Chief of Staff (Photo: U.S. Army)

“Make no mistake that the actions we take now during this brief window of time, at this key inflection point, will ultimately determine the readiness of the force of the future – if we get it right, our Army and our military will be strong for the next decade. If we don’t get it right, we’ll struggle for the next decade.” 

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., U.S. Navy, Commander US of Pacific Command and 23rd U.S. Ambassador to South Korea (Photo: U.S. Navy)

“As I reflect on the AAPI heritage month, I believe that embracing diversity is vital to both our present and future. We cannot achieve healthy growth without it.” 

General Paul M. Nakasone, U.S. Army, 3rd Commander of United States Cyber Command / 18th Director of the National Security Agency (Source: U.S. Department of Defense)

“The key to success in cyberspace is partnerships—across government, with industry, and with our allies.” 

The Honorable Daniel Inouye fought in WWII as a member of the 442nd RCT, Congressman from Hawaiʻi , U.S. Senator, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor (Photo: U.S. Congress)

“People have asked me how I want to be remembered and I say very simply that I represented the people honestly and to the best of my abilities. I think I did okay.”

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, internee at Heart Mountain, Congressman from San Jose, CA, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

“May this Memorial be a tribute to the indomitable spirit of a citizenry in World War II who remained steadfast in their faith in our democratic system”

Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka, USAF, was an astronaut and Air Force Test Pilot. (Photo: NASA)

“Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.  Make your life count – and the world will be a better place because you tried.”

Ruby Hirose (1904-1960), a Nisei scientist whose infantile paralysis vaccine was groundbreaking in the world of science. (Photo: Smithsonian Institution Archives)

“A hay fever sufferer herself, Dr. R. Hirose … has found a way to improve the pollen extracts used to ‘desensitize’ hay fever sufferers. … The idea of treating the pollen with alum to increase its effectiveness developed while Dr. Hirose was working on alum-precipitated toxoid for protection against diphtheria.” – Smithsonian Institution Archives

In the world of business, the late George Aratani, JAVA member, was the founder of Mikasa China and the Kenwood corporation. (Photo: The Rafu Shimpo)

“Success is not just about personal achievement, but about lifting up those around you.”

Educator Dr. Santa J. Ono, 15th President, University of Michigan, former 15th President of the University of British Columbia and 28th University of Cincinatti (Photo: University of Michigan)

This is University of Michigan. There is no bar too high for our university. Don’t come to me with reasons why we can’t do something. Those are called excuses. Come to me with how we will exceed expectations.”

Japanese American Veterans at The White House

Photo: National Archives

September 11, 1945: Kelly Kuwayama handing President Harry Truman a check representing donations from men of the 442nd for a Franklin Roosevelt Memorial. On the left is Earl Finch, a strong supporter of the 442nd and second from the left is George M. Tsujimoto.

Photo: Terry Miyamura.

On October 27, 1953, Hershey Miyamura of Gallup, New Mexico, was invited to The White House to receive the Medal of Honor from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hershey joined the 442nd RCT as a replacement five days after Germany surrendered. He returned with the 442nd which was reviewed by President Truman on July 15, 1946, near The White house. He was recalled to active duty for the Korean War and served in Korea where he was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry over and beyond the call of duty.

Nisei Veterans of the 100th/442nd RCT and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) have received the recognitions noted below: