Valor with Honor is an independent documentary ﬁlm based on more than 35 interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. This small, segregated unit of 3500 men is the
most decorated American unit for its size and length of service (3 years). By the end of World War II, the 442nd would be awarded with 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor, and more than 500 Silver Stars and 9000 Purple Hearts, earning the designation “Purple Heart Battalion.”
The ﬁlm tells the harrowing stories of the 442nd battles in Italy, the “Lost Battalion” rescue in France, the assault up Mount Folgorito, and of their witness to the Holocaust at Dachau, Germany at the close of the war. The ﬁlm concludes with the veteransʼ bittersweet return home to America. The entire ﬁlm is woven through stories told by the veterans themselves.
A conversation with ﬁlmmaker Burt Takeuchi and WWII Veteran and former part of the Military Intelligence Service Kaz Yamaguchi follows the ﬁlm, moderated by Patricia Welch, Hofstra University. For more information, visit www.valorwithhonor.com
Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History