Nisei soldiers with a group of German POWs.
Nisei soldiers with a group of German POWs.

OAKLAND — Burt Takeuchi’s documentary “Valor with Honor” will be screened on Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290, in Oakland Chinatown.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was a segregated U.S. Army unit composed of Japanese Americans led by white officers. This small unit of 3,500 men served in Europe during World War II and was awarded the most decorations for its size and length of service in the history of the Army, including 21 Medals of Honor, over 500 Silver Stars and over 9,000 Purple Hearts.

Takeuchi interviewed over 20 Nisei veterans, who told their personal stories of serving in the war and the bittersweet return home to America. For more information, visit

A Q&A with Takeuchi, who is currently working on a dramatic film, “442nd,” will follow the screening. DVDs of “Valor with Honor” will be sold at the event.

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Oakland Asian Cultural Center is located in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza (near Peony Restaurant). It is two blocks from the 12th Street/City Center BART Station. There is free street parking on Sundays, plus a parking lot ($2 per hour) below the plaza.

OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American arts and culture programs that foster intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. For more information, visit

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