Congressional Gold Medal
Through the efforts of Grant Ichikawa, Terry Shima and David Buto, the young Japanese American men who fought for the United States during World War II were bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal in a wonderful ceremony in Washington DC on Nov. 2, 2011.

After the bronze replica was delivered to my house this morning, I took it to my Aunt Eiko. Her husband, who passed away in May, 1980 qualified for the CGM and since she is surviving spouse, she was bestowed the honor. She cried deeply after holding the medal for the first time and talked about Uncle Paul.

She then placed it atop the "butsudan" and said she will "pray for happy" as her beloved husband still brings her happiness even today.

Aunt Eiko also showed me a newspaper article about Uncle Paul; it is interesting to see how Japanese-Americans were referred to in print on a family level.
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