In solidarity with Maui for disaster relief and recovery, the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans organization (Club 100) will have a Maui Donation Drive on September 16, 2023 at the Clubhouse (520 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to encourage and assist our members, family, and friends, to give what they can to help. We will be collecting monetary donations for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) Maui Strong Fund.
If you cannot attend the donation drive, please contact the Clubhouse for assistance in making a donation to HCF on behalf of the 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans (Club 100). Our hearts and prayers go out to Maui.
Also on September 16, please feel free to also join us for our 1 p.m. free showing of “Go For Broke! Memories of Hawaiʻi Japanese ‘Nisei,’” at the Clubhouse. The documentary reflects on the history and experiences of Hawaiʻi born Japanese Americans of second-generation (Nikkei Nisei), and includes interviews with 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), and Military Intelligence Service (MIS) veterans from Hawaiʻi. Matsumoto-san has conducted extensive research over the years, spending much time visiting with veterans and members at our clubhouse.
Interviewed in the film are 100th Battalion veterans Robert Arakaki (B), Eugene Eguchi (A), Hiram Hagiwara (A), Edward Ikuma (HQ), Stanley Izumigawa (A), Sunao Kadooka (D), Arthur Kurahara (D), Susumu Nakagawa (C), Robert Sato (A) and Leighton Goro Sumida (A). Interviews with veterans from the 442nd RCT, and Tom Yamada of the MIS are also included. Matsumoto-san will be in attendance at this September 16 Club 100 showing, and looks forward to sharing his film with us. It is also in September that the Nisei Soldiers Memorial Service is held on the Sunday closest to September 29 – the day in 1943 when Sgt. Shigeo “Joe” Takata of the 100th Infantry Battalion became the first Japanese American soldier in an AJA (American of Japanese ancestry) “Nisei” unit, to be killed in action in World War II. This film showing will allow us the opportunity to reflect, remember, and honor our AJA veterans who served in World War II. Please join us!