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.

442nd Regimental Combat Team (1518)

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Soldier reading in lookout post (ddr-densho-201-165)
img Soldier reading in lookout post (ddr-densho-201-165)
Japanese American soldier sitting in a lookout post reading a magazing, with a rifle propped against the wall at his side.
img "Otsuka" (ddr-densho-201-287)
Kengo Otsuka in front of a "2nd Plt." sign. Caption on front: "Otsuka."
Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-655)
img Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-655)
Caption in album: "442nd going home on Wilson Victory Ship June, 1946 / All Aboard!"
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-496)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-496)
Caption in album: "Isaac Sakuma / Mount Vernon, Wash."
B-17 at Pisa Airfield (ddr-densho-201-571)
img B-17 at Pisa Airfield (ddr-densho-201-571)
Caption in album: "B-17 ride and we all got 'air sick' / Pisa Airfield."
Japanese American soldier with civilian men and women (ddr-densho-201-182)
img Japanese American soldier with civilian men and women (ddr-densho-201-182)
Japanese American soldier with civilians outside what appears to be a lodge in front of a mountain.
img "44nd RCT Going Home, July 1946 Livorno, Italy." (ddr-densho-201-364)
Crowded ship in dock. Caption on front: "44nd RCT Going Home, July 1946 Livorno, Italy."
Lawson I. Sakai Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-472-18)
vh Lawson I. Sakai Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-472-18)
Involvement in the campaign for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to receive the Congressional Gold Medal
The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 88 (November 4, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-253)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 4 No. 88 (November 4, 1950) (ddr-densho-229-253)
"D.C. Japanese Hold Solemn Services At Arlington for Nisei GI Dead" (p. 2), "Texas Salutes 442 Nisei GI's for '44 Feat" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
"NVC to Show 442nd Film" (p. 1), "U.S. Navy Now Admits Nisei" (p. 1), "Three Judges Hear Case of Mrs. Bouiss" (p. 1), "Two Wholesale Evacuations: American and Canadian" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 52 (June 29, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-219)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 52 (June 29, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-219)
"Pvt. Kawaguchi Rites Friday" (p. 1), "Symington, Air Force Aide, Will Speak at Americanism Rites During Fourth Fete" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 81 (November 4, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-68)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 81 (November 4, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-68)
"Nisei War Dead Start for Home" (p. 1), "Naturalization Class to Open For Overseas War Brides" (p. 1), "Civil Rights Committee Adopts JACL-ADC Recommendations" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 100 (December 4, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-161)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 100 (December 4, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-161)
"OK of Measure for Equality Seen Likely" (p. 1), "Joint Rites Set for Six GI War Dead Saturday, Dec. 11 in Bukkyo-Kai; One of Nisei Heroes is Winner of DSC" (p. 1), "JACL Will Give Claims Forms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
"Next "Open Night' on Wed., Aug. 17; Take Advantage of It, Okada Urges" (p. 1), "Illinois Senator Cites Record of Nisei GI's in Urging Passage of Judd Bill" (p. 2).
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