Local members of Japanese-American Army unit honored

October 31, 2011 8:17:18 PM PDT
Some Bay Area members of a legendary Japanese-American Army unit are in Washington D.C. for a ceremony to honor their bravery.

Eighty-eight-year-old Lawson Sakai of Morgan Hill is a veteran of the Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Surviving members of that unit, along with the 100th Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. It is the country's highest civilian honor.

The all Japanese-American Army units are among the most decorated in U.S. military history.

Many of them fought in Italy, France and Germany even while their families were held in internment camps back home.