The faces of Veteran’s Day

Reposted for Memorial Day.


Hazel Ying Lee, first Chinese American to fly for the military. One of many Chinese Americans who served. Lee’s brother also died in service to the country. The cemetery officials tried to block their burial in a “whites only” section.


Benjamin Davis, a second-generation military career man. Davis is often credited with opening the Air Force to African Americans.


U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who lost an arm in service and was awarded the Medal of Honor. Inouye was involved in the rescue of the Lost Battalion. This was considered a suicide mission, and each of the rescued soldiers cost the lives of two Americans of Japanese descent.


Alejandro Ruiz, Medal of Honor recipient. At least 11 Mexican Americans received the Medal of Honor for service during World War II. Approximately 39 people of Latino descent have been awarded the Medal of Honor; 21 of award recipients paid for the Medal with their lives.

Ben Kuroki, who, like Daniel Inouye, came home after the war and found he could not be served because of the “No J*p” policy.


Van Barfoot, Choctaw, Medal of Honor recipient.

We remember the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd and the Code Talkers (code talkers also included people from various other First Nations). We remember that Latinos serve.  We remember our Filipino comrades whom our country tried to forget.  We remember that the faces of our heroes are of many colors, as is the face of our history.

edited to add a couple links

5 thoughts on “The faces of Veteran’s Day

  1. Pingback: » Blog Archive » Veterans’ Day & Racism: Link Roundup

  2. I have heard that the segregated Nisei regiment was the most decorated of any regiment in any theater of WWII.

  3. Followed this from your Dec 9th post. Delurking to shout: Choctaws representin’, woot woot! Barfoot kinda looks like my dad, too.

    *Ahem* To be serious, it’s rather sad and humbling that the military is one of the few places where POC could “prove” their loyalty to their country–too often at the price of their life. Of course, a good Indian/Negro/POC is a dead one, and America seems more willing to “celebrate” them once they’re out of the picture.

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