NEW YORK – The History Channel announces its new hour-long documentary “Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII,” premiering on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET / PT.
From Category Six Medi and Will Packer Media, the documentary tells the lesser-known and inspiring story of Japanese American soldiers in WWII who fought for the ideals of American democracy and became the most decorated military unit for its size and service life. in the history of the United States.
“The History Channel is committed to supporting veterans and military families and this year we are honored to tell the relatively unknown but incredible story of the Japanese-American soldiers of World War II,” Eli Lehrer said, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for The History. Channel. “These American veterans and barrier breakers have made significant contributions to the fabric of American society and their inspiring and courageous stories are worth telling.”
The Nisei, a term to describe second-generation Japanese Americans, made up the 100th Infantry Battalion / 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service, a group of Nisei linguists and translators. They played a central role in the Allied victory over the Nazis and are credited with shortening the war in the Pacific theater and saving countless lives.
But despite their courage, effort, and influence on the battlefield, they have always fought against fierce racism and discrimination at home in the United States.
Featuring interviews with experts and historians, and rarely seen first-person interviews with the soldiers themselves, the special reveals the story of a group of soldiers whose stories are rarely told, but whose perseverance and service to this country during World War II helped America succeed where others had failed.
Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC), is also interviewed in the documentary. their contributions to our nation.
Additionally, on Veterans Day, The History Channel is teaming up with ** Variety ** to create the special “Voices Magnified: Variety Salute to Service” on November 11 at 9 p.m. ET / PT to honor veterans and military families. Hosted by Robin Roberts, the special highlights incredible stories of veterans who sacrificed time and more to serve their country, showing how veterans transition from military to civilian life and use their skills. skills and experiences to chart a new course when they are no longer in uniform.
The History Channel is also continuing to partner with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, as part of its ongoing Honor A Vet initiative. Viewers are encouraged to share on social media a photo of a lifelong veteran who inspired them by using #HonorAVet and tagging @HISTORY. For each submission shared on Instagram, Twitter or uploaded to www.history.com/honoravet, the network will donate $ 1 to Team Rubicon, up to $ 20,000.
“Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII” is produced for The History Channel by Category 6 Media Group. Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat and Jessica Conway are executive producers of Category 6 Media. Ben Sherwood and Bruce Feiler are also executive producers. Will Packer and Kelly Smith are executive producers for Will Packer Media. Alex Hicks and Zachary Behr are executive producers of The History Channel.