“Go For Broke” celebrate Japanese American WWII Veterans
On the first weekend of June, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, celebrate its acclaimed history. This year, six Soldiers from 3d Bn 1st BDE CSMR displayed the colors while serving as an honorary Color Guard.
The team’s motto, “Go For Broke”, heads the title of a Foundation led by Japanese-American WWII Veterans. Each year, it hosts an anniversary memorial dedication. This floral dedication takes place at the monument that was erected in the heart of Little Tokyo, in Los Angeles, 14 years ago. The monument was completely funded by these loyal Veterans and their families.
The top front of the monument represents the original five Japanese units to fight in WWII. This year the CSMR 3d Bn 1st BDE was honored to be a part of this great day in history and be the color guard to present and retire the colors at the start and finish of the ceremony. As usual, they rose to the occasion and stepped out in their dress blues. With pride and honor, they presented the colors under an overcast sky, in the presence of the many people who came out to share in the festivities.
Our call for Soldiers, to muster as a color guard, were answered by the following: CSM Crebbs, MSG Lee, SFC Adams, SSG Brennan, SPC Flannagan, SPC Gomez and SPC Ortega. These Soldiers showed their experience while performing their duties. They stood, balanced at attention, beaming with a raised sense of acknowledgement that only a CSMR Soldier does.
The color guard brought smiles to Vets and families alike. A young person asked me a question while I took photos of the Soldiers. “How can I be like them and get to honor my grandfather?”, he said. This helps to prove that even the smallest of children watch and look up to all those in uniform.
We Soldiers in the CSMR will continue to take pride in everything we do, not because we have to, but because we CHOOSE to!