Japanese-American WWII vets honored in Houston

February 19, 2012 7:41:40 PM PST
Some Houston-area World War II veterans received a special honor Sunday night: Congressional Gold Medals for service to their country in the face of discrimination.

The local chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League held a special ceremony for the Japanese-American men who served in the 442nd regimental combat team, the 100th battalion and military intelligence service.

They were honored in November by Congress in Washington DC, but since the veterans are all in their 80s and 90s now, not all of them were able to travel.

Many of the men volunteered for service out of internment camps back during World War II.

They went on to become the most decorated units of their size.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed on military units.