Japanese American veterans of World War II perpetuating the legacy of Nisei veterans.

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Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV) began as an E Company-sponsored group in Northern California to preserve the proud accomplishments of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and to honor all veterans of the RCT.

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April 3, 2017 |

“The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage” Shane Sato, Photography book

We are in need of help as the deadline (June) for completing our book and getting it to press approaches.  There are still many veterans we have not been able to contact to ask for: 1)    A lead to someone or resource, so that we can write a short personal story for each veteran, to go with their portrait.   2)    A lead to someone or resource, to get either WWII era photos (scans if possible.) or that we can scan and return through FedEx. 3)    A contact person, so that a free copy of the book can be given to the photographed veteran or one representative member of his family   Attached is...

March 11, 2017 |

Annual Las Vegas Reunion

The Annual Nisei Veterans’ Reunion in Las Vegas, sponsored by Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV) has been confirmed. We date of the FFNV Reunion will be October 15-19, 2017 at the California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Welcome Banquet is scheduled for Monday evening (October 16) and the Farewell Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday lunch (October 18)....

January 26, 2017 |


Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, 16450 Murphy Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA We are excited about this year’s program, which will include two outstanding speakers, and hope you will join us. Mike Malaghan will talk about his highly-acclaimed book, “Picture Bride,” a history-based novel of a girl who escapes hardship in Japan, comes to Hawaii as a picture bride, and endures unfamiliar and difficult life as an immigrant. The second presentation by Chet Campenella will be on internment of persons of Italian ancestry during WW II. He will describe the life endured by his parents as they were interned resulting from the same Executive Order 9066. A potluck...

February 24, 2016 |

Feb. 13 Meeting Update

  Once again, they came from everywhere – San Francisco, Sacramento, Turlock, Monterey. It was another gathering of Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV) in Morgan Hill, on Feb. 13. About 100 attended the “membership meeting” filled with warmth and camaraderie. Even several “strangers” came from Visalia and Fresno after hearing the radio announcement about this meeting. The annual potluck lunch gathering was enjoyed by all. The program began with a presentation by Consul General Jun Yamada of Consulate-General of Japan, San Francisco, of a prestigious Certificate of Commendation by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan to Lawson Sakai. The Certificate recognized Sakai’s dedication to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and...

January 31, 2016 |

Feb. 13, 2016 Meeting

Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV), a Japanese-American WW II veterans organization, will host a meeting on February 13, 2016, at the rear building of the Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, 16450 Murphy Avenue, at 12:30 PM. Potluck lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. The public is invited. The highlight of this meeting is to feature four speakers on the subject of a legendary segregated Japanese-American unit (442nd Regimental Combat Team – 442nd RCT) rescuing the “Lost Battalion.” The 442nd RCT, formed in 1943, was initially engaged in Italy and quickly became a formidable and well-respected fighting unit. “Go For Broke” was its motto. For its size and the length of service,...

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