Schiff Joins President for Signing of Legislation Honoring "Go for Broke" Regiments with Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, DC– Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement after the President signed into law S.1055, companion legislation to a bill Rep. Schiff introduced in the House to pay tribute to the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, commonly known as the “Go For Broke” regiments, as well as the Military Intelligence Service, comprised of Japanese-American troops who fought in Europe and the Asia-Pacific theatre during WWII:

“I was incredibly moved and honored today to stand next to members of the Go For Broke regiments as the President signed this bill into law,” Rep. Schiff said. “These brave Japanese-Americans enlisted and fought to protect our Nation despite segregated training conditions, the relocation of families and friends to internment camps, and repeated questions about their combat abilities.  Man for man they were the most highly decorated combat units of the war; I can't imagine a group more deserving of this accolade, and I applaud this recognition of their service and patriotism.”

The legislation awards these brave troops the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedicated service to our nation. The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’ highest civilian honor and requires two-thirds of the House and the Senate to cosponsor the legislation before it can be voted on. The elite medal has been given selectively since 1776, when George Washington was awarded the first, and other honorees include Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks and the Dalai Lama. The legislation originated in the House (H.R. 347) and passed last year with nearly 300 cosponsors.

“On behalf of all our veterans, I want to thank Congressman Adam Schiff for his help, and for being such a loyal and faithful supporter,” said Gary Yamauchi, a member of the Board of Directors for the Go For Broke National Education Center. “Our veterans will never forget this day; we are extremely delighted and in our own quiet way, very, very proud.”

The Go For Broke regiments earned several awards for their distinctive service in combat, including: 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor, 29 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 4,000 Bronze Stars and over 4,000 Purple Hearts, among numerous additional distinctions. For their size and length of service, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were the most decorated U.S. military units of the war. However, these regiments have yet to be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.