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Rep. Senn and Clibborn meet with Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
Representatives Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn meet with Mercer Islander and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hiro Nishimura to honor his service in World War II, on February 19, Day of Remembrance.
Hiro Nishimura belongs to a group of Japanese Americans known as the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Northwest Association who served America in World War II. Their language skills and knowledge of the Japanese culture were critical to the war effort. Many members of the MIS were recruited from the Japanese internment camps where the United States government forced them to move during the war.
The Day of Remembrance is held on the anniversary of the signing of executive order number 9066 which mandated Japanese-Americans be interred for the duration of World War II. It is also a day in Olympia when the contributions of all Japanese Americans and their families are highlighted and honored.