During and immediately after World War II, only two Asian-Americans were awarded Medals of Honor:  Philippine Scout Jose Calugas and Nisei hero Sadao Munemori of the 34th Infantry Division.  Meanwhile, the all Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team generated an unprecedented record of valor, earning 33 Distinguished Service Crosses, 559 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, nearly 10,000 Purple Hearts and EIGHT Presidential Unit Citations.  Fifty years after the war, Congress ordered a review of all high awards to these brave soldiers to determine if some of them should have received the Medal of Honor.  Following the review, 22  Asian-Americans saw their awards upgraded to Medals of Honor.  All but two of these awards went to men of the 100th Infantry (known as the Purple Heart Battalion) or its parent 442nd RCT known as the Go For Broke Regiment.  On June 21, 2000 President William Clinton presented Medals of Honor to seven of these heroes who were still living, and to family members of the other fifteen.

 Jose Calugas
Sergeant, U.S. Army

Born:   December 29, 1907 at Barrio Tagsing, Leon, Iloilo, Philippine Islands
Entered Service:   Fort Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands
Date/Place of Action:   January 16, 1942 - Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands
Unit:  Philippine Scouts, Battery B, 1st Bn, 88th Field Artillery, 23d Division
Presentation:  Presented At Pampanga, Camp Olivas, Philippine Islands 
     By General George C. Marshall on April 30, 1945

Date of Death:   January 18, 1998
Buried at:  

Mikio Hasemoto
Private, U.S. Army

Born:   July 13, 1916 at Honolulu, Hawaii
Entered Service:   Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Date/Place of Action:   November 29, 1943 - Cerasuolo, Italy
Unit:  Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
Presentation:  Presented To His Family At the White House 
     By President William J. Clinton on June 21, 2000

Date of Death:   November 29, 1943 (Killed In Action)
Buried at:  

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