In his weekly guest opinion, Sen. Mike Crapo pays tribute to one of the most remarkable units in World War II: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
The 442nd was comprised of Japanese-American soldiers, including Kazuo Endow of Blackfoot and Agie Harada, of Shelley, who were recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Writes Crapo: "It is remarkable that these Americans of Japanese ancestry were considered “enemy aliens” yet volunteered to defend the U.S. and did so with great distinction. Being in the presence of these men who served our country so honorably was humbling."
Here's a link to the full Crapo guest opinion.
And a link to an outstanding profile of Caldwell 442nd veteran Harry Kawahara, written last fall by former Statesman reporter Kathleen Kreller.