Benjamin Green-Field Gallery
Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal
Opens Saturday, October 19, 2013
In September 2011, the US Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on the Japanese American World War II veterans who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service. These men volunteered to serve their country in battle, despite the government’s forcible detention of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The Museum is proud to work with the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Chicago-Nisei Post #1183 of the American Legion to bring this display to the Midwest.
Developed by the Smithsonian in collaboration with the National Veterans Network, the national tour of American Heroes is made possible by the support of lead sponsor Cole Chemical and additional support from AARP, Comcast/NBC Universal, the Japanese American Veterans Association, Pritzker Military Library, the Shiratsuki Family, Southwest Airlines, and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
The Chicago History Museum is grateful to the Nikkei WWII Veterans Tribute Committee, Pritzker Military Library, and SITES for their support of our installation and programs. Special thanks to our collaborating partners: Chicago Japanese American Council, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Chicago Nisei Post 1183, Japanese American Citizens League-Chicago Chapter, Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.
The Chicago Park District's ongoing support makes this and every exhibition and program possible.