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Congressional Gold Medal goes on national tour

Published On: Jan 10 2013 02:33:47 PM HST
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 03:55:29 PM HST
HONOLULU -

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded last year to Japanese-Americans who served in World War II is going on a national tour.

An exhibition featuring the medal will open on Saturday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

It will then travel to museums in Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore., Chicago and Houston over the next year.

The Congressional Gold Medal be at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu in March.

Irene Hirano Inouye says her late husband -- U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who lost his right arm fighting with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy -- saw the tour as an important way to tell others the story.

Congress last year awarded the medal collectively to those who served three Japanese-American units: the 442nd, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

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