Japanese American veterans of World War II perpetuating the legacy of Nisei veterans.
Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans (FFNV) began as an E Company-sponsored group in Northern California to preserve the proud accomplishments of the 100 Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and to honor all veterans of the RCT.
The FFNV sponsors and conducts a memorial service for all RCT veterans in the Oakland Hills on Armed Forces Day in May every year. In 1992, during an E Company reunion in Oakland, the veterans planted a redwood tree in Roberts Park, East Bay Regional Park District, in memory and tribute to all veterans of the 100/442nd RCT. The stone-mounted bronze plaque adjacent to the ever-growing redwood tree is the site of this annual memorial service that now includes veterans of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and veterans of all other wars.
The FFNV also sponsors an all veterans’ reunion in Las Vegas in the fall each year including multiple Companies and the MIS.
The FFNV is also the proud sponsor of an unique exhibit of the 100/442nd RCT and the MIS aboard the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier museum anchored at Alameda Piers, CA. The FFNV also maintains an exhibit of the 100/442nd RCT and the MIS at the Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center and actively participates in its “Tell the Story” project throughout the Northern California.
In addition to the MIS, the FFNV also invites veterans of all other wars. Additionally, the membership is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the 100/442nd RCT and the MIS or to anyone who simply wants to join.
The FFNV also meets on the second Saturday of February at the Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center. The annual dues are $25 per person and family. Please send your membership application and check to Joanne Sakai at [email protected]
Donations may be sent to FFNV, P.O. Box 626, Gilroy, CA 95021 or by using www.FFNV.org.
The FFNV is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization.
If you desire more information, please contact Brian Shiroyama at [email protected] or (408) 896-1021.