A Son of Boyle Heights Honored by the Freeway

Ever wonder about the seemingly random stretches of highway that memorialize people famous—such as Rosa Parks—and the not so famous—such as Sadao S. Munemori? You want to learn more, but it’s illegal to surf the web while on the Sadao S. Munemori Memorial Freeway Interchange? The freeway interchange between Route 105 and Route 405 was officially dedicated to the memory of Munemori by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 41 in 1994 [LINK: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/93-94/statute/ch_0101-0150/ch_131_st_1994_scr_41%5D. Private First Class Sadao S. “Spud” Munemori was Angelino of Japanese ancestry who grew up in Boyle Heights and Glendale. He served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the US Army while his family was interned in Manzanar. April 5, 1945 near Seravezza, Italy, Munemori took charge when the leaders of his unit were wounded and finally lost his life when he threw himself on a hand grenade to save the lives of two of his men. His heroic sacrifice was posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor.  The system of Californian freeway names is explained in elaborate detail here: http://www.cahighways.org/names.htm

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