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Barney Hajiro, Shizuya Hayashi and Ed Ichiyama pose in front of a C-17 Globemaster III named The Spirit of “Go for Broke” during an arrival ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, on Wednesday. The men are veterans of the 442nd Combat Regimental Team. The aircraft is named in honor of their unit.

Barney Hajiro, Shizuya Hayashi and Ed Ichiyama pose in front of a C-17 Globemaster III named The Spirit of “Go for Broke” during an arrival ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, on Wednesday. The men are veterans of the 442nd Combat Regimental Team. The aircraft is named in honor of their unit. (Shane A. Cuomo / U.S. Air Force)

World War II veterans were on hand for a ceremony Friday marking delivery of the seventh of eight C-17 Globemaster IIIs to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

The aircraft was christened The Spirit of “Go For Broke,” a tribute to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, according to a Pacific Air Forces news release. The 442nd fought fiercely in Europe in World War II, becoming the most decorated unit in the history of the U.S. military for its size and length of service, according to PACAF.

The unit was composed of Japanese-American soldiers intent on proving their loyalty to the United States, according to the Air Force. Many of their families were interned while they fought.

Members of the 442nd were aboard the C-17 as it taxied into the ceremony.

“It’s a great honor to have a plane named after our regiment,” said Ronald Oba, a former 442nd member.

The phrase “go for broke” to the 442nd meant to be fully committed, for better or worse.

Hickam’s fleet of C-17s allows Pacific Command, PACAF and the 15th Airlift Wing at the base to respond to humanitarian efforts for theater allies as well as deliver military force where necessary, according to the PACAF.

The 15th Airlift Wing is the only wing outside the continental United States to permanently host the C-17.

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