A concurrent resolution, (SCR7) sponsored by Sen. Jani Iwamoto (D-Holladay), honors the patriotic service of Japanese-Americans during World War II and urges the United States Postmaster General to issue a commemorative postage stamp honoring the service of more than 33,000 Japanese Americans.
The resolution particularly recognizes the service of the Japanese-American 100th infantry battalion and 442nd regimental combat team, fighting in Europe. The 100th/442nd became the most highly decorated army unit for its size and length of service in American Military History.
The resolution also notes the contributions of Nisei (2nd Generation Japanese-Americans) serving with distinction in the Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS). General Douglas MacArthur’s intelligence chief, Major General Charles Willoughby said the MIS shortened the war by two years serving as the “eyes and ears” of forces in the Pacific. During the occupation in Japan, MIS was credited with establishing close relations between the Japan and the United States that has lasted ever since.
The stamp is supported by Governor Gary Herbert, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, all four of Utah’s Congress Members, and Attorney General Sean Reyes, a fourth generation Japanese-American. The stamp would feature the National Japanese-American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington, D.C.
Approval of the stamp would be in recognition of the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 issued on February 19, 1942. That executive order resulted in the removal of 120,000 Japanese-American men, women and children from their homes in the western states and Hawaii and placed them in internment camps, including Topaz Relocation Center near Delta, Utah. More than 450 individuals interred at Topaz enlisted in the U.S. Army.