HOUSTON – World War II veterans of a Texas infantry regiment will reunite this weekend with a Japanese-American combat outfit that rescued them from German forces surrounding them.
On Oct. 30, 1944, the all-Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team broke through the German lines in the Vosges Mountains of northern France and relieved 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.
At the time of their isolation, the 1st Battalion became known as "The Lost Battalion."
Together, the veterans will mark the 65th anniversary of the rescue at a Sunday fundraising gala hosted by the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation at Houston's Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team became famous for enlisting in the U.S. Army to fight for the country that had placed thousands of their relatives in internment camps.