Memorial Service honors 9th MSC veterans past, present

| October 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Christina Douglas
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

‘Go for Broke’ Soldiers honor, support their predecessors

Lt. Col. Kimo Dunn (left), commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Glenn Gomes, command sergeant major, both of 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, present a wreath during the Joint Memorial Service, Sept. 26, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. HONOLULU — Japanese-American veterans, both past and present, were honored at the 5th Annual Joint Memorial Service, Sept. 26, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. 

Army reservists of the 9th Mission Support Command’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, gathered to volunteer and support World War II veterans from the 100th Inf. Bn., 442nd Regimental Combat Team; the Military Intelligence Service; and the 1399th Engineer Construction Bn. 

Reservists played key roles in the service, including the presentation and posting of the colors, wreath presentation, prayer of remembrance, 21-gun memorial salute, benediction and the retiring of the colors. 

According to an Americans of Japanese Ancestry press release, the 2006 inaugural Joint Memorial Service was the product of a decision by the Oahu AJA Veterans Council to honor fallen members of the four principle AJA units in World War II: the 100th Inf. Bn., 442nd Regimental Combat Team; the MI Service; and the 1399th Eng. Construction Bn. 

“Conceived over five years ago, today’s Joint Memorial Service is the accumulation of efforts from various descendants, not only from the four council units, but many others in our community who understand and appreciate the sacrifices of our seniors who served during  World War II,” said Mike Harada, president, 100th Inf. Bn. veterans club and host of the event. “We are here today to honor those (who) have passed on and (to) remind those that remain, their efforts are indeed appreciated.”  

Harada also thanked the current members of the 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., during the memorial service. 

“It is with heartfelt thanks we recognize Lt. Col. Kimo Dunn and the Soldiers of the 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., for their part in today’s ceremony,” Harada said. “But more importantly, we thank them for their endless efforts in perpetuating the reputation by upholding the unit’s highest standards that were established in World War II.”

For the Soldiers of the 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., participating in the local community event and supporting their unit’s veterans is both an honor and a privilege. 

“It’s an awesome opportunity to recognize all of the veterans who served … and represented us in World War II,” Dunn said. “(The veterans) represent the legacy of our unit, and us being a part of that is important. 

“You see so many of our Soldiers volunteering to come out and be a part of this ceremony. (This ceremony) provides that ‘Go For Broke’ spirit for all of us — past and present,” he said. 

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