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Hood River man honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Minoru Yasui Minoru Yasui
A family member receiving Yasui's Medal of Freedom from President Obama. A family member receiving Yasui's Medal of Freedom from President Obama.
HOOD RIVER, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon man was honored on Tuesday at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Minoru Yasui, from Hood River, was praised in Washington D.C. for his fight for equality and justice.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Yasui tried 9 times to join the Army and fight for his country but was denied because of his Japanese heritage. That's when he challenged President Franklin Roosevelt's executive order placing restrictions on Japanese-Americans.

"Minoru Yasui devoted his life for fighting for basic human rights and the fair and equal treatment of every American. In challenging the military curfew placed on Japanese-Americans during World War II, he brought critical attention to the issue and paved the way for all Americans to stand as full and equal citizens. Minoru Yasui's example endures as a reminder of the power of one voice echoing for justice."

Yasui's family was at the Medal of Freedom ceremony to accept the award.

Yasui died in 1986 and is buried in his hometown of Hood River.

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