Roberts Regional Recreation Area in Oakland, CA
Veterans of the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in American military history will host a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 (Armed Forces Day), 2009 in the redwood grove at Roberts Recreation Area on Skyline Boulevard in Oakland. The group will gather in the parking lot at 11 a.m., have a ceremony and short service at noon, followed by a “pot luck” lunch in the adjacent picnicking area.
The event is held annually by veterans of E Company, 2nd Battalion of the 442nd and is not just for veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, but open to all who wish to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Other World War II veterans of all services are especially invited, and the general public is welcome to attend.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was made up of young Japanese-American men from the mainland and Hawaii, who enlisted to fight against the Nazi forces in Europe. In the course of their service, they earned more medals per capita than any other unit in American history, suffering heavy casualties.
Their service was especially remarkable in light of the fact that as America entered World War II, the federal government had removed them and their families from their homes to remote “relocation camps,” because of their Japanese ancestry. Even as the young soldiers of the 442nd fought in Europe, their families remained behind barbed wire for the duration of the conflict.
Roberts Regional Recreation Area is located at 10570 Skyline Boulevard about a mile up Skyline Boulevard from its intersection with Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland. The ceremony will take place near the Blossom Rock Trees historical marker located by the Madrone group picnic area. Visit www.katonk.com for more information.