Hill 555 Monument to 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team in Bruyères, France to be Restored, Augmented

The following is a press release from the Hill 555 Project. Publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Manzanar Committee.


The Hill 555 monument in Bruyères, France.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo courtesy Carl Willliams

SACRAMENTO, CA — In 2011, during a visit to Bruyères, France, it was discovered that the simple monument to the Nisei liberators was in need of restoration. For five years, numerous efforts were made to obtain approval to rehabilitate and augment the 1947 monument located on Hill 555 near the city.

In 2016, Mayor Yves Bonjean and City Council approved the project and now are committed to its completion by October 2017. At that time, the City of Bruyères plans to rededicate the site to the Nisei heroes of October 1944.

The project is now seeking contributions from all who have an interest in protecting this monument—a monument that represents the heroism, courage and sacrifice by young Nisei soldiers who liberated, not just Bruyères and the entire region, but rescued the Lost Texas Battalion. The price paid in casualties was horrendous.

Carl Williams, designated by the City of Bruyères to assist as a volunteer said, “It is the incredible patriotism and sacrifice, in spite of the indignity of internment and martial law in Hawaii, that needs to be remembered by all Americans and in particular by future generations of Americans of Japanese descent.”

The project has created a web site at http://www.hill555.org, where project details, photos and links to other sources of information may be found. The site includes a simple online donation process for those who would like to contribute. Alternatively, donations may be made payable to the “Hill 555 Project” and mailed to Carl Williams at 827 Crestwater Lane, Sacramento, California, 95831

Williams said, “What we seek, perhaps most of all, is the assistance of donors in contacting friends and relatives and encouraging them to participate.”

For more information, go to http://www.hill555.org.

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