Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) today honored WWII veteran Staff Sergeant Dick Shigemi Hamada in a speech to the House of Representatives. SSG Hamada, a Japanese-American born in Hawai‘i, passed away on May 27 at the age of 92. He will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl today.
“Staff Sergeant Hamada volunteered for the renowned 442nd Regimental Combat Team in 1943, shipped off to the fearsome battlefields of the Burma-India-China theatre, and later parachuted into what is now Beijing in order to rescue more than 600 prisoners of war,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in the House of Representatives. “Throughout his military career, Staff Sergeant Hamada stayed true to the Aloha spirit. His love of our country, and determination to do whatever it took to accomplish the mission, are an inspiration to all who have raised their hands to wear the uniform and serve.”