to the Editor
Pacific Citizen, June 7-20, 2002
Apology Not Representative
by Jun Shiosaki
After reading George
Shiozawa's letter, I decided to write about the recent apology. I trained
with George's brother, Roy R. Shiozawa, at Co. B, 232nd Battallion, in
Camp Blanding, Fl. We were friends and buddies. We both ended up as
replacements for Co. , 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd RCT. Roy was killed
in the North Apennines, Po Valley campaign in Italy.
I cannot see a need for surviving relatives, or veterans of the MIS, 442
RCT, 8th Air Force or any other veteran of World War II who is a member of
JACL to apologize to the "resisters of conscience." If the men who
volunteered to fight and die, as many did, had been resisters, would we
still enjoy the status of a minority who fought prejudice to prove our
loyalty and won, as President Harry Truman told the 442nd upon its parade
in Washington, D.C.? Or would we be considered the four-letter word
beginning with "J" as we were called during WWII?
Roy R. Shiozawa was killed in the service of the United States; The
"resisters of conscience" lived. We have a monument in Pocatello, Idaho,
to seven members of the 442nd RCT killed in action; most were JACLers.
I think the time has come for reconciliation. I believe it should be a
symbolic handshake across the table, like, you did your thing, we did
ours. The apology being made does not represent many of us.
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