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Susumu Satow: Truman honors the 442nd
At the end of the war, President Truman presented the seventh presidential unit citation to the 442nd.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"At the end of the war, President Truman summoned the 442nd to Washington, DC and at the parade ground, he presented the seventh presidential unit citation onto our colors. And that was the greatest reward as far as I could see, because at that time, he recognized what the Japanese Americans were fighting for. And in fact, he said, 'Not only have you fought the enemy, but you had fought prejudice and you had won. Keep up the good fight and you will continue to win.' And so, that was not only good advice, but also a great statement, I thought. And, course, everything was quiet and you could hear a pin drop, they said. 'Course, everything had turned quiet and, and the troops, of course, had tears in their eyes. And because they recognized that great sacrifice that they had made during the war and, and so, it's a penalty they, that they had to pay."