Monday, October 26 at 9:00am
Unsung Heroes: Asian Pacific American Heroism during World War II
Host- Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress Asian Division Friends Society
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119 – 10 First Street, S.E.
(Capitol South Metro – Orange/Blue lines)
Highlights of the day-long event include Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba’s overview of the war in the Pacific Theater, Japanese American Veterans Association’s Terry Shima’s reminiscence of the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific, Anna Chennault’s recollection of her life with the Flying Tigers, and remembrances of Filipino veterans. Famous Flying Tiger veteran Fred Chiao, 93 years old, will be in attendance. Other speakers include Kelly Kuruyama and Norman Ikari, who will share experiences of their WWII days on the Italian Front. John Gong will reminisce about his grandfather, Flying Tiger Ace Arthur Chin. Valentin T. Ildefonso will talk about his time as a U.S. scout veteran in the Philippines. Rudy Panaglima, a Filipino guerilla veteran, will share stories about his experience as a 13-year-old runner with the Philippine guerilla resistance. Poet Vince Gotera will perform a dramatic reading from his book “Ghost Wars,” and the Library of Congress Chorale will perform favorite songs of the era. Several members of Congress will be in attendance to recognize the veterans, including Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). During the program, the archival papers of Midshipman Cayetano Catura, a veteran who served two admirals during WWII, will be presented to the Library’s Veterans History Project, and materials donated to the Library by the Flying Tigers Museum will be on view. Also on display will be original watercolors depicting WWII pilots (donated to the Chinese Section of the Asian Division in 1944) and a binder with the original Gung Ho Newsletters mimeographed for the members of the enlisted personnel of the 407th Service Squadron Regiment of Chinese American soldiers. Continue reading
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