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Army 1st Lt. George A. Buirkle, Mr. Weber's grandfather, served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, known as the "Purple Heart Battalion" for the heavy fighting and casualties it endured during World War II in Germany. The combat team was made up almost entirely of soldiers of Japanese descent. Photo courtesy of David G. Weber.

Army 1st Lt. George A. Buirkle, Mr. Weber's grandfather, served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, known as the "Purple Heart Battalion" for the heavy fighting and casualties it endured during World War II in Germany. The combat team was made up almost entirely of soldiers of Japanese descent. Photo courtesy of David G. Weber.

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