The Iowa Goldstar Military Museum is hosting a program Saturday to honor World War Two Veterans. Museum spokesman, Mike Musel, says there were so many ceremonies happening on the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack December 7th, that they decided to delay the event until now.
There are four guest speakers lined up. They include two Marines and an Army nurse. “A Japanese American woman who was actually was interned in the United States before she joined the U.S. Army as a nurse, and we have an Iowa National Guard soldier, one of the original 34th Division soldiers who were called up on February 10 of 1941,” Musel explained.
The free program begins at two p.m. The museum is located at Camp Dodge in Johnston.You are asked to use the Northwest 70th Avenue entrance, and a photo identification is required to enter.
Here is more info on the scheduled speakers Saturday:
Ames resident Grace Amemiya will be the keynote speaker. Amemiya was attending the San Francisco School of Nursing when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. After President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 requiring people of Japanese ancestry to be moved into internment camps, Amemiya, a Japanese-American, was placed in the Gila River (Ariz.) internment camp at age 21. Other Iowa WWII veterans speaking at the event will include Robert Barnett, U.S. Marine Corps, a Battle of Iwo Jima veteran; Ray Duffee, U.S. Navy, who served as a Corpsman with the U.S. Marines at the Battle of Tarawa; and Joe Boitnott, an Iowa National Guard Soldier with the 34th Infantry Division who fought in North Africa and Italy.