WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly seven decades after Pearl Harbor, Congress is honoring Japanese-American military units that helped the United States win World War II on two fronts despite the hardships endured by many troops' families back home.
About 19,000 Japanese-Americans served in three units that are being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal: the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.
While those troops waged some of the fiercest fighting in Europe, many had family members who spent much of the war in internment camps in the United States. The federal government sent many people of Japanese ancestry to the camps, citing concern that they could be security risks during war with Japan.
Congress approved the medal last year, and the award ceremony is taking place Wednesday.