Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County


Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. April 2, 1945. p. 3

LOCAL NISEI WITH 'O'CONNOR TASK FORCE'

SIXTH ARMY GROUP, France (Special to Register-Pajaronian) - For destroying the German main line of resistance in the rugged Vosges mountains of north-eastern France, more than 300 members of the "O'Connor Task Force" of the 442nd Japanese-American combat team have been awarded the presidential distinguished unit citation. This highest of group decorations in the United States army was earned by the Japanese-American troops for breaking a two-day stalemate, routing at least three nazi battalions, and paving the way to the liberation of Belmont and Biffontaine, key towns straddling the roads leading into Germany through Alsace.

Members of the task force include Cpl. George N. Matsumoto, infantry, Watsonville, Calif.

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