"Despite the fact that they and their families had been forced into internment camps, thousands of the American sons of Japanese immigrants responded by volunteering to serve in the United States armed forces during World War II." "Most of these young Japanese Americans served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and its component 100th Infantry Battalion. For its size and length of service, the 442nd was the most decorated in the history of the U.S. Army. The Japanese American GIs of the 442nd eventually earned 21 Medals of Honor and 9,486 Purple Hearts, while their outfit was awarded 8 Presidential Unit Citations. Rising Sons brings to light the stories of these young men who faced down discrimination to serve their country." "Weaving together research with firsthand accounts from surviving veterans, Bill Yenne recounts the stories of the Japanese American soldiers who fought so bravely in World War II, men who were willing to lay down their lives for a country they were uncertain would ever accept them again."--BOOK JACKET.