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.

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Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
This reunion of Nisei veterans took place over Independence Day weekend.
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for the ...
Clarence Matusmura with German girls (ddr-densho-22-72)
img Clarence Matusmura with German girls (ddr-densho-22-72)
Caption in album: "During the last of the war it was still against regulations for fraternization but here during my off guard time I sat showing these young German girls a Life magazine."
Danny Y. Teruya in New Orleans (ddr-densho-22-273)
img Danny Y. Teruya in New Orleans (ddr-densho-22-273)
Caption on reverse: "Taken at Ponchartarian [sic] Beach New Orleans."
Soldier standing in front of a 442nd sign (ddr-densho-22-475)
img Soldier standing in front of a 442nd sign (ddr-densho-22-475)
Sign reads "Headquarters Company 442nd Infantry Combat Team."
Lister bag (ddr-densho-22-30)
img Lister bag (ddr-densho-22-30)
Caption in album: "Here is a lister bag where all water is treated before you drink. Halazone tablets we used during the war. In more permanent positions these bags are set up. You absolutely do not drink untreated water."
Soldier holding his Coca Cola ration (ddr-densho-22-22)
img Soldier holding his Coca Cola ration (ddr-densho-22-22)
Caption in album: "This is the first Coca Cola ration we had shortly after the war."
Mitsugi Kudo (ddr-densho-22-161)
img Mitsugi Kudo (ddr-densho-22-161)
Caption on reverse: "Mitsugi Kudo / Mar. '43."
Three soldiers (ddr-densho-22-281)
img Three soldiers (ddr-densho-22-281)
Caption on reverse: "Tadashi Iwanaga / Honolulu (left) / Tsugimi Masuda / Waipahu (center) / me [Danny Y. Teruda] (right)."