Minoru Yasui Honored With Medal Of Freedom

Hood River native Minoru Yasui Tuesday posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.  Family members accepted the honor from President Barack Obama.  Yasui, born in Hood River in 1916, was the first to intentionally defy a military curfew imposed upon Japanese-Americans in 1942.   He was sent to prison, including nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County Jail, and fought his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court…which upheld his conviction.   Yasui spent the rest of his life appealing his wartime conviction, until his death in 1986, the year his conviction was overturned by a federal court.  Yasui was the first Japanese-American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.  Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said Yasui was a trailblazer whose courage, eloquence and dogged fight against unjust government bigotry should always be remembered as an example of what one person with a powerful voice can accomplish for others.

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