Three recipients of Medal of Honor visit UA
Friday, April 20, 2018
Hiroshi Miyamura wanted to join the U.S. military but was rejected because of his Japanese ancestry.
"During World War II, we were banned following Pearl Harbor," Miyamura told a crowd of about 120 students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
"That changed my life," he said. "I grew up in Gallup, N.M., a town that was full of immigrants, and we all considered ourselves American. We had to prove ourselves when the war broke out, but I was turned down. I was told I was an enemy alien. I could not volunteer or be drafted."