TO THE EDITOR
Nisei VFW Post Develops Resolution in Opposition of Apology to Draft
Nisei VFW Post 8985 has developed a Resolution in opposition to the National
Japanese American Citizens League's Resolution #2 which purports to
forgive, honor and formally apologize to the Nisei Draft Resisters of
World War II. Members of the Sacramento Nisei VFW Post 8985 are in strong
opposition to any notion of any apology to the Draft Resisters.
the Nisei Veterans to remain silent would be tantamount to betraying the
830 Nisei comrades Killed in Action (KIA) on the battlefield and the many
who were maimed and scarred for life. That is far too great a sacrifice to
put aside in order to appease the Nisei Draft Resisters of World War II.
any veteran of the 100th, 442nd Regimental Combat Team nor the Military
Intelligence Service owes no apology to the Nisei Draft Resisters of
World War II. During World War II, our ideological differences were miles
apart. Fears of violence and sleeping with a baseball bat at the bedside
was real. Somehow, history has been revised to make the Draft Resisters
more acceptable today.
would also be a betrayal to the wartime JACL leaders who recognized that
"service to the country" was a means to refute the evacuation
order and get back into the mainstream of American life. How true that
thesis is when one considers today's many "success stories" of
the Japanese Americans, including many voted into high governmental
positions through the election process.
submit to you, that would not have been possible without the heroic
stories of the men of
8985 Resolution Committee: Leo Hosoda, Tom Fujimoto, Barry Saiki,
James Iso, Gary Shioto, Tom Kashiwabara, Sus Satow
Updated: February 7, 2002