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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the innumerable contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to our great nation.
In every conflict in our nation's history, Asian-Pacific Americans have served with distinction. During the Civil War, many Chinese immigrants joined the U.S. Army. In World War II, Japanese-Americans fought courageously to defeat Nazi fascism and Japanese imperialism, despite prejudicial treatment at home. Our Army's Philippine Scouts, who served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, were critical to victory in the Pacific. In Korea and Vietnam, Asian-Pacific Americans again answered the call to duty. Today, they continue to serve with honor in every branch of our nation's military. They include leaders like Brig. Gen. Paul Nakasone, deputy commanding general of Army Cyber Command and Capt. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs when her Blackhawk helicopter was struck by an RPG, and who has since been elected to Congress from the 8th District of Illinois. Representative Duckworth still drills with the National Guard as a lieutenant colonel.
Let us be proud of and grateful for the service of Asian-Pacific Americans. Let us continue to honor their accomplishments and recognize that our Army's diversity keeps us Army strong.
- Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster Commanding general