Statement by Hawai'i House Members on the Issuance of the Commemorative 'Go For Broke' Stamp
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Members of the Hawai’i House of Representatives released the following statements on the issuing of a commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service honoring the contributions of Japanese American soldiers who served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto (D-21, Kapahulu, McCully, Moʻiliʻili):
"Japanese Americans who served our country during World War II from Hawai'i and the mainland were among the bravest and most highly decorated soldiers during the war. They faced discrimination at home and abroad but despite that these brave men fought, and many gave their lives, to preserve our country's freedom. This recognition is well deserved."
Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura (D-14, Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Kapaʻa, Wailua):
"The Nisei soldiers of the 442d Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion are exemplary role models who displayed perseverance, bravery, and aloha. This stamp includes their motto 'Go for Broke' which became the basis for their teamwork and victories on the battlefield. Their achievements live on as part of our collective memories of this turbulent time in our history."
Rep. Della Au Belatti (D-24, Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawa‘a, Mānoa):
"The community efforts to bring this 'Go for Broke' forever stamp is to be applauded. This stamp not only honors the bravery and dedication of our Japanese American Nisei soldiers; it reminds us of our obligation to carry on the legacy of these soldiers to fight for a more equal and just world."