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Ceremony at Four Rivers Cultural Center will honor World War II Japanese-American warriors

Japanese-American soldiers will be honored with a private ceremony Monday at Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/Angelina Katsanis).

ONTARIO – The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit of its size in American military history, will be honored next week in Ontario.

The unit’s Japanese-American soldiers earned more than 18,000 awards, including 21 men decorated with the Medal of Honor, the highest and most prestigious military honor. The unit earned eight Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. A Presidential Unit Citation is bestowed to units for extraordinary heroism, gallantry and determination while in action against the enemy.

The unit was made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans – including many who eventually called Malheur County home – and blazed a bloody trail across Italy, France and Germany during . . .