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Medal of Freedom given to UW

Medal of Freedom presentation photo On February 22, Susan Carnahan, widow of Gordon Hirabayashi, presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Hirabayashi by President Obama in 2012. UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce accepted the Presidential Medal on behalf of the UW.

The medal is part of the collection of Hirabayashi’s journals, recordings, legal papers and photographs that the family has donated to Libraries Special Collections, where they are open for students, researchers and the public. Plans to digitize portions of the collection are underway.

“Courage in Action: A Symposium on the Life and Legacy of Gordon K. Hirabayashi” was in observance of the University of Washington’s annual Day of Remembrance.

Judge Mary Schroeder, who wrote the 1987 opinion vacating Hirabayashi's curfew and exclusion convictions on proof of the allegations of governmental misconduct [Hirabayashi v. United States, 828 F.2d 591 (9th Cir. 1987)], presented her talk, “Gordon Hirabayashi’s Timely Lessons about Courage.”

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Photo: Presentation of Gordon Hirabayashi’s Medal of Freedom by (from left) Susan Carnahan (widow of Gordon Hirabayashi), Marion Oldenburg (daughter of Gordon), Sharon Yuen (daughter of Gordon), Jay Hirabayashi (son of Gordon) and Ana Mari Cauce, University of Washington Provost.

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