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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura-Part 4

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – In researching this story, and getting to know the life of George Nishimura, I’ve learned so much about World War II that I have never known before.  His personal handwritten account of his life is an amazing recollection of what it was like growing up in a country that came under attack from the Japanese, and how he wanted to “do something” to help the Americans fight back.

George Nishimura served his country in the best way he knew how.  He followed orders and did what he was told.  The Japanese-American soldiers who volunteered to serve, were treated differently.  There was a feeling of apprehension by most Americans, who wondered how can the “Japs” be the good guy and bad? «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura – Part 3

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Nishimura was now half a world away from home, his family, and all that he had known, as a member of the United States Army, at Camp Shelby Mississippi. The trip had been long and hard, but they were ready to begin their training.

Thousands of Japanese-American men had joined the Army, and were ready to serve.

George and his fellow soldiers were joined at Camp Shelby by 1200 mainland volunteers from the relocation camps. They were called “Katonks” because of the sound their head made when hit, like the sound of a hollow coconut. «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The Story of George Nishimura: Part 2

 

George NishimuraClarksville, TN – George Nishimura joined the United States Army at a time when America was at war.  This teenager did what thousands of Japanese-American men did at the time, to show their patriotism to the country that had been their home all of their lives.

George was at home when he heard all of the noise and commotion going on in the neighborhood.  He soon learned that guys coming home from Honolulu saw planes, Japanese planes, bombing Pearl Harbor.  When he turned on the radio he heard the announcer shouting, “Pearl Harbor is under attack!  This is not a drill!” «Read the rest of this article»

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One Man’s Medal: The story of George Nishimura

 
George Nishimura

George Nishimura

Clarksville, TN – George Kazuo Nishimura was an 18 year old teenager on December 7th, 1941.  He sat and watched the Japanese bombing of Wheeler Field during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  He had no idea what was going on until he read it in the paper.

He wondered, “Why?”

He would volunteer to serve in the United States Army like so many other Japanese American men, in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

George Nishimura lives in Clarksville, and this week, he’ll be presented his bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to honor the 90 year old veteran. «Read the rest of this article»

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More National Guard units arriving Sunday and Monday

 

The patch of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Nashville, TN — Units of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment continue to arrive back in Tennessee each week.
 
About 265 Guardsmen returned Monday and Thursday of this week, with another 375 set to roll in by bus to the Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna Sunday and Monday, August 1st and 2nd.

Units from Dunlap and Cookeville, with 130 and 60 soldiers respectively, are due to reach Smyrna at 1:30pm Sunday.

Lebanon, with 140 Guardsmen, and Winchester, with 45, are to arrive at 7:30am Monday. «Read the rest of this article»

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Four Tennessee National Guard units returning home this Thursday

 
The patch of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The patch of the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment

NASHVILLE – About 265 soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are scheduled to arrive Thursday, July 29, at the Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna.

One hundred thirty-five Guardsmen from Jamestown, Livingston and Oneida, representing Troop E of the 278th’s 2nd Squadron, are expected to roll in to Smyrna by bus at 1:30 p.m.

One hundred thirty soldiers from McMinnville, representing Troop F, 2nd Squadron of the 278th, are scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. Times are CST.

The soldiers are currently undergoing out-processing at Camp Shelby, Miss. They will complete out-processing at Smyrna, and then be transported by bus to their respective armories approximately two to three hours after their arrival in Smyrna. «Read the rest of this article»

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