'Go For Broke' unit honored with ceremony at Punchbowl
They're the unit best known for their role in World War II. The 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry group known as 'Go For Broke' broke barriers in WWII, with many Nisei serving their country at a time when Japanese-Americans were facing discrimination.
But an event today was about making sure fallen soldiers from the unit that served in later wars including Vietnam and Iraq were also remembered.
The remembrance featured music, a gun salute, wreath-laying, and a speech from Brigadier General Raymond Gandy.
Gold Star Families were also at the event. Lois Pacolba, whose husband Alfredo was killed in Vietnam says even 50 years later, she's grateful people remember his sacrifice. "It was hard," she says. "I had four children at home when he said he was going to Vietnam."
There are 14 members of the unit killed in Vietnam and Iraq:
- SP4 Anthony Bongo from Waianae (Vietnam)
- SGT Deyson Cariaga from Hawaii (Iraq)
- SP4 Leonard Castillo from Wahiawa (Vietnam)
- CPL Rodney Fukunaga from Hilo (Vietnam)
- CPL Derence Jack from Saipan (Iraq)
- SP4 Larry Leopoldino from Hilo (Vietnam)
- SSG Wilgene Lieto from Saipan (Iraq)
- SFC Alfredo Pacolba from Haleiwa (Vietnam)
- SGT Evan Parker from Kansas (Iraq)
- PFC Dennis Silveri from Hilo (Vietnam)
- SSG Robert Spillner from Waipahu (Vietnam)
- SSG Frank Tiai from American Samoa (Iraq)