In the Military
Drive revs up to honor Nisei with U.S. stamp
Organizers behind a campaign to get the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp two years from now honoring the Japanese-American soldiers who fought in World War II have set Nov. 1 as a date to get signatures and petitions to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, says Wayne Osako, the Southern California history teacher who has worked on the project for the past two years.
Osako also said the Southern California city of Monterey Park last week became the first city in the nation to join the petition drive. He credited the efforts of the city's former Mayor Betty Tom Chun and Councilman Frank Venti.
He said the organizers hope to get the people in the French towns of Belvedere, Biffontaine and Bruyeres, which were liberated by the nisei soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Battalion, to sign. Osako can be reached at wosako@ socal.rr.com and more information ca be obtained at www.NiseiStamp.org.
Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, who commands Tripler Army Medical Center, has been selected as the next head of North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Hawley-Bowland is the current head of Pacific Regional Medical Command and is the U.S. Army Pacific surgeon/ lead agent and Tricare Pacific chief.
"In the Military" was compiled from wire reports and other sources by reporter Gregg K. Kakesako
, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin. He can be reached by phone at 294-4075 or by e-mail at email@example.com