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Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to late Minoru Yasui by President Obama

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AC - 1983 Coram Nobis Litigants L-R Gordon Hirabayashi Minoru Yasui and Fred Korematsu Courtesy of Holly Yasui and Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee

President Obama awarded the late civil rights pioneer Minoru Yasui with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House's highest civilian honor on November 24, 2015. 

"A posthumous award to Minoru Yasui would close the circle of honor that surrounds the three men (Minoru Yasui, Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi) who, in 1942, challenged the forced removal and imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry," Holly Yasui, Minoru Yasui's daughter and co-chair of the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee told NBC News. 

Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Gordon Hirabayashi was awarded posthumously in 2012. 

Photo credit: 1983 Coram Nobis Litigants (LtoR) Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu Courtesy of Holly Yasui and Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee.jpg

For more on the story:

NBC News Asian America - Minoru Yasui

NBC News Asian America - Crowdfunding campaign for Minoru Yasui film

Minoru Yasui - Wikipedia

Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee





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