HONOLULU, Hawaii – This month, Congress is expected to award its highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to Japanese-American soldiers who fought for the United States during World War II, even as their countrymen viewed them with suspicion and distrust.

Many wore the uniform while their families spent the war in detention camps back home.

The honorees will include the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion which fought in Europe and some 6,000 Japanese-Americans who served as translators and interpreters, often on the front lines with Marines and soldiers fighting from island to island across the Pacific.

The 442nd became the most highly decorated military unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service.

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