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U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday he will award Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American who defied the internment of Japanese during World War II, a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award the government offers.

“In the midst of World War II . . . the son of Japanese immigrants, Gordon Hirabayashi, ignored the curfew and refused transfer to an internment camp,” Obama said in a speech in Washington.

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