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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1518 items
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-490)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-490)
Caption in album: "Laverne Kurahara / California."
img "Jim & I on Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)" (ddr-densho-201-233)
Two Japanese American soldiers on a bridge. Caption on front: "Jim & I on Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)."
img "RTC 208 B Company, Camp Blanding Florida, Aug. - Dec. 1944" (ddr-densho-201-403)
Caption on reverse: "Property of Masao Sakagami. Nob [?] Sakagami [illegible] #34. RTC 208 B Company, Camp Blanding Florida, Aug. - Dec. 1944. 1st row: 1. Nukaya, 2. [unidentified], 3. Enro Okada, 4. [unidentified], 5. Shig Matsukawa, 6. Joe Matsuzaki, 7. Mitsuru Sakurada, 8. Tamio Sakata, 9. Satoru Sakuma, 10. Ishida, 11. ?? Sakuma. 2nd: 1. ...
Soldier pointing towards a tunnel (ddr-densho-201-580)
img Soldier pointing towards a tunnel (ddr-densho-201-580)
Caption in album: "We passed through this tunnel holding each others [sic] back..."
Man sitting and drinking (ddr-densho-201-30)
img Man sitting and drinking (ddr-densho-201-30)
Portrait of a man wearing military gear sitting and drinking from a bottle.
Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-531)
img Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-531)
Caption in album: "Joeseph [sic] Matsuzaki / Seattle WN."
U.S. soldiers in front of Italian hotel (ddr-densho-201-206)
img U.S. soldiers in front of Italian hotel (ddr-densho-201-206)
U.S. soldiers in front of a building whose sign reads "Albergo," or "hotel" in Italian.
Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
img Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
Japanese American soldier with ice skates slung over his shoulder. A mountain range stands behind him, possibly the Swiss Alps.
Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-514)
img Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-514)
Caption in album: "'Long John' Tsukushima / Colorado."
img "July & Aug 1945 442nd & 100th took break in Lecco - went swimming - saw boxing and USO show in Milan" (ddr-densho-201-303)
Caption on front: "Lecco - Giardini pubblici [Lecco - public gardens]." Caption in album: "July & Aug 1945 442nd & 100th took break in Lecco - went swimming - saw boxing and USO show in Milan."
Lawson I. Sakai Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-472-8)
vh Lawson I. Sakai Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-472-8)
Volunteering for the army and going through basic training
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-6-1)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-6-1)
This reunion of Nisei veterans was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Independence Day weekend. Left to right: Joseph Kamikawa, Kay Kamikawa, Lily Oshiro, and William Oshiro.
Trees covered in snow (ddr-densho-22-42)
img Trees covered in snow (ddr-densho-22-42)
Caption in album: "Snow makes a nice picture on trees. This just after a dry snow fall."
Danny Y. Teruda at St. Peter's Basilica (ddr-densho-22-293)
img Danny Y. Teruda at St. Peter's Basilica (ddr-densho-22-293)
Caption on reverse: "This picture was taken on the roof of Saint Peters [sic] Cathedral, with its dome in the background."
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