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Japanese-American soldiers honored for World War II service

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To honor Japanese-American veterans of Word War II, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Mitsuo Hamasu, representing the 100th Infanty Battalion, center, Susumu Ito, representing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, far left, and Grant Ichikawa, representing the Military Intelligence Service, far right, Nov. 2, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The AP reports:

WASHINGTONThousands of Japanese-Americans who fought in the fiercest battles of World War II and became some of the most decorated soldiers in the nation's history were given an overdue thank-you from their country Wednesday when Congress awarded them its highest civilian honor.

"This has been a long journey, but a glorious one," said Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii., who lost his right arm fighting with the 442nd and was one of the honorees Wednesday.

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Nearly 70 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor propelled America into World War II, Congress paid tribute to Japanese-American war veterans. NBC's Tom Costello reports.