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442nd Regimental Combat Team

The 100th Infantry Battalion began as part of the Hawaii National Guard. On June 5, 1942, 1,432 men left Hawaii for training at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, and later at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The 100th shipped out to North Africa on August 23, 1943, and saw heavy action in Italy. Because of its heavy casualties and many honors, the 100th became known as the "Purple Heart Battalion." The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was initially formed in 1943 from Japanese American volunteers from Hawaii and the mainland. Perhaps not surprisingly, only about 1,250 Japanese Americans volunteered from the concentration camps. In Hawaii, where there was no mass removal, almost 10,000 volunteered. The 442nd arrived in Italy in June 1944 where the battle-tested 100th Infantry Battalion became its 1st Battalion. In seven major campaigns, the 442nd became the most decorated unit for its size and length of service; the unit suffered 9,476 casualties, more than 300 percent of its original strength.

World War II (54)
Military service (567)
442nd Regimental Combat Team (1518)

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1518 items
Letter from Tak Hattori to Lt. Col. Lewis with copies of articles on Anti-Tank Company (ddr-csujad-1-63)
doc Letter from Tak Hattori to Lt. Col. Lewis with copies of articles on Anti-Tank Company (ddr-csujad-1-63)
Includes copies of articles and literature on the Anti-Tank Company compiled by Tak Hattori, which were sent to Lt. Col. Lewis as they relate to the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, along with a letter. In the letter, he includes his account of the 517th. Includes photocopied articles on the Anti Tank Company, 100th/442nd Regimental Combat ...
Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
doc Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
In the letter, Henry Y. Ikemoto wrote about a Chicago Tribune article, "The drop zone gives voice to oral histories of WWII" by Charles Leroux, which featured Toro Hirose, a member of the Anti-Tank Company, and offers further information on Anti-Tank Company members. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work and the weather in Italy. She also criticized the war and people's optimistic view. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_006
[Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
img [Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
Two men in military uniform poses together in a military vehicle. On front of photograph, they are named:"S__" and "Deane." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_012
[Man in military uniform sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-8)
img [Man in military uniform sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-8)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses sitting on railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_002
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work situation. She also asked Kune to disclose his location since the battle ended. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_005
[Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
img [Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform and two women pose together. Women stand with bicycles. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_006
[Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
img [Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
Japanese American man poses in smile, wearing a hat and sitting on chair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_015
Chronology (ddr-csujad-1-55)
doc Chronology (ddr-csujad-1-55)
Lists the actions of Anti-Tank Company chronologically form August 15 through October 11, 1944. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_02_004
Americans of of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance (ddr-csujad-1-201)
doc Americans of of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance (ddr-csujad-1-201)
A list of the Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. The information was collected by Jim Yamashita and volunteers with the support from Americans of Japanese Ancestry WWII Memorial Alliance for "Echoes of silence," an educational project dedicated to honoring the Nisei soldiers ...
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses in smile outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_031
[Man sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-16)
img [Man sitting on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-16)
A Japanese American man sits on railroad tracks and poses in smile. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_010
[Two men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-36)
img [Two men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-36)
Two men in military uniform poses together. One is a Japanese American man sitting on a military vehicle and the other stands next to the vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_030
[Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-19)
img [Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-19)
Four Japanese American men in military uniform, siting outside, are pictured. Three sit on a vehicle and one sits on the chair. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_013
Memo from Henry Ikemoto, President, to members AT Chapter and individuals concerned re: agenda, regular chapter meeting, 10/14/98, 0900 hrs, Denny's, LaPalma, October 6, 1998 (ddr-csujad-1-64)
doc Memo from Henry Ikemoto, President, to members AT Chapter and individuals concerned re: agenda, regular chapter meeting, 10/14/98, 0900 hrs, Denny's, LaPalma, October 6, 1998 (ddr-csujad-1-64)
Regular meeting agenda for the Anti-Tank Chapter 100th/442nd Veterans Association on October 14, 1998. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_008
[Men play card] (ddr-csujad-1-15)
img [Men play card] (ddr-csujad-1-15)
Six Japanese American men play card on the floor in a building. On front of photograph, one of them is named "Hideo." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_009
[Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
img [Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
Three Japanese American men, siting on railroad tracks, are pictured. A military truck is parked with piled clothes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_022
442d RCT Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-60)
doc 442d RCT Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-60)
Lists the military training and operations in Italy, France, and Germany by 442nd Regimental Combat Team chronologically from February 1, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_003
Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
doc Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
A booklet of California memorial highways to honor three entities of the United States Army, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. Includes an article, "The Nisei soldiers of U.S. Intelligence: America's superb secret weapon of World War II" by Dan Nakatsu. Images and map during the Pacific War are included. See ...
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-13)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-13)
Three men in military uniform pose together. One of them is smoking and stands next to the vehicle. Others are Japanese American men riding on a military vehicle. On front of photograph, "Neil" is named. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_007
Sixty-fifth anniversary of the rescue of the lost battalion (ddr-csujad-1-202)
doc Sixty-fifth anniversary of the rescue of the lost battalion (ddr-csujad-1-202)
An invitation to the Homecoming for Heroes Tribute Dinner in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the rescue of the Texas 1st Battalion 141st Infantry Regiment by 442nd Regimental Combat Team held at Hyatt Regency Houston, Houston Texas, on Sunday November 1, 2009. Includes a blank sheet for contributions with a return envelope, and a blank ...
Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 3, July-September 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-184)
doc Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 3, July-September 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-184)
A bulletin published by 442nd Veterans Club: Go for broke, vol. XLVI, no. 3 (July-September 1995). The issue's title: Camp Shelby Revisited June 16-18, 1995. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_10_003
[442nd Regimental Combat Team reunions and Ikemoto family] (ddr-csujad-1-179)
img [442nd Regimental Combat Team reunions and Ikemoto family] (ddr-csujad-1-179)
Six images of 442nd Regimental Combat Team reunions held in different locations along with, potentially, Henry Y. Ikemoto and his family members. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_105
[Men in military uniform splitting firewood] (ddr-csujad-1-43)
img [Men in military uniform splitting firewood] (ddr-csujad-1-43)
A group of Japanese American men in military uniform is pictured. One of them splits firewood. The inscription on back of photograph reads, "your Christmas ____ ____." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_037
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform pose together. One sits on a military vehicle and the other stands next to it. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_008
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