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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442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mark W. Clark, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, Go for Broke! (film), Stanley Hayami, Daniel Inouye, Mike Masaoka, Kazuo Masuda, Rescue of the Lost Battalion

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Clarence Matsumura on guard post (ddr-densho-22-69)
img Clarence Matsumura on guard post (ddr-densho-22-69)
Caption in album: "Among the rookie reign of most soldiers he spends more than 50% of his time doing nothing but guard post."
Break on the 'road march' (ddr-densho-22-37)
img Break on the 'road march' (ddr-densho-22-37)
Caption in album: "On the 'road march' we take some interval stops for the 'P' call.
Instructions to an Issei man regarding the burial of his son (ddr-densho-25-62)
doc Instructions to an Issei man regarding the burial of his son (ddr-densho-25-62)
Mitsuo (Mike) Iseri, son of Matahichi and Kisa Iseri, was killed in action during the war. Matahichi Iseri was instructed to fill out a form entitled "Application for Final Disposition of Remains."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-397)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-397)
Newspaper clippings from the Christian Science Monitor and Minidoka Irrigator, one of which is titled "Nisei Vets 'Come Back'; West Coast Bias Wanes."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-322)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-322)
Three articles from the Pacific Citizen, one of which is titled War Correspondent Tells Story of Shortest Soldier in Army." Two articles from Time Magazine titled "Army & Navy" and "Soldier on Intolerance."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-324)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-324)
Various articles from the Oregon Journal, Army Times, and Pacific Citizen.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-328)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-328)
Various newspaper articles on Japanese American soldiers, including one from Coronet Magazine titled: "Japanese Americans Fighting Valiantly in Italy Have Proved Their Loyalty With Blood." Other newspapers unknown.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-29)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-29)
Original WRA caption: A squad fresh from fighting on the Volturno front huddles around a cook fire in an olive grove to await mess. They trade their flour to other outfits for rice.
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