Okubo volunteered for the all-Nisei (2nd generation Japanese-American) 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was trained as a combat medic. On three days in the fall of 1944, he showed such valor in combat caring for his wounded comrades that he was later awarded the Medal of Honor.
Charles E. Mower was born on November 29, 1924 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. His enlistment record not among those preserved by the National Archives, but he clearly showed leadership once he joined the United States Army because he quickly attained the rank of Sergeant by this day seventy years ago. Mower was just 19 years old and three and a half weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
Robert Edward Femoyer was born on Halloween, October 31, 1921 in Huntington, West Virginia. He was a student at Virginia Tech when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on February 4, 1943. Femoyer wanted to be a pilot, but didn’t pass the training and was assigned as a gunnery officer and navigator instead.
Off the top, we’ll do a whirl-around of domestic politics and a preview of Election Day with Washington Examinercommentary writer Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow). Ashe is one of my favorite guests, and in addition to pre-election review, we’ll also be sure to cover the latest in her writing on the politicization of sexual assault in America’s college campuses.
Then, for the second half of the program, I’m welcoming Katrina Jørgensen (@Veribatim, A Single Voice) of FTR Radio‘s World Class Hour and writer at IJReview back so we can leave the shores of the United States and focus on what’s going on in the rest of the world. Boko Haram has been back in the news, there’s still concern over the potential for runaway Ebola in Africa, the United Kingdom might leave the European Union, and much, much more!
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The 104th Infantry Division was activated on September 15, 1942 as the United States Army expanded for World War II. The division trained extensively in the northwest United States through the summer of 1944, earning the nickname “Timberwolves”. They trained for combat in Europe and were one of the first Army units trained specifically for night fighting. They arrived in France for combat service in early September, 1944.
On October 26, the all-Nisei (second-generation Japanese-American) 442nd Regimental Combat Team was ordered to break through to the Lost Battalion. Over five days of intense fighting, the 442nd finally saved about 230 of 1-141’s soldiers, and suffered at least 800 casualties in the process.
Two of the 442nd’s soldiers earned the Medal of Honor for their heroism during the battle.
They were Leonard C. Brostrom (born November 23, 1919) and John F. Thorson (born May 10, 1920). Both brave Americans gave their lives in the defense of freedom and were killed in action on October 28, 1944. Both men posthumously received the Medal of Honor.