By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As Asian American Pacific Islander history month comes to a close and Memorial Day approaches, the U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new stamp honoring the service of Japanese American World War II veterans.

(credit: U.S. Postal Service)

The “Go For Broke” stamp was designed by Antonio Alcala and is based on a photo taken in 1944 at a railroad station in France of a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat team.

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Japanese Americans who fought in World War II were particularly committed to proving themselves, even as their families were held in internment camps back home.

“For a time after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, second-generation Japanese Americans were subjected to increased scrutiny and prejudice because of their heritage,” according to the U.S. Postal Service.

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Some 33,000 Japanese Americans served in the U.S. Army during World War II, including as translators, interpreters and interrogators in the Pacific theater; in the 1399th Engineering Construction Battalion, and more than 100 women who joined the Women’s Army Corp.

The commemorative stamp honors a regiment of second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as nisei, for becoming one of the most distinguished American fighting units of World War II. The all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team’s motto was “Go For Broke.”

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The “Go For Broke” stamp is being issued as one of the postal service’s Forever stamps, and will be unveiled at the Japanese American National Museum on June 4.