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Virtual Date With History

Go For Broke! The 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Thursday, February 4th
7:00 PM CST Online via Zoom
Free Event but Registration Required

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This presentation will outline the formation, training, and combat experiences of the Varsity Victory Volunteers, 100th Infantry Battalion, and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. These units, comprised of Japanese Americans served with the utmost distinction during World War II, and would be credited as the most highly decorated unit of their size and length of service in the history of the United States Armed Forces. Presented by Mr. Neil Yamamoto, a descendant of the 442nd, this presentation will reveal that Japanese American soldiers in World War II had “but one loyalty…to the United States.”

MEET THE SPEAKER: Neil Yamamoto is a 5th generation Japanese American. His family has roots in Hawaii since the 1890s. Neil specializes in Japanese American History, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, specifically. His grandfather and uncles served in the unit during World War II. Neil is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He has created the educational curriculum for two 442nd Regimental Combat Team specific projects, “Journey of Heroes” a comic book detailing the formation, combat exploits, and legacy of the 442nd, and “Go For Broke: An Origins Story” a Hawaii-produced feature film about the formation of the Varsity Victory Volunteers and 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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Illinois teachers can earn 2 PD credits for watching the presentation and filling out a short PD activity.

Step 1: Register for the webinar above.

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