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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1543 items
Liberation celebration parade (ddr-densho-201-577)
img Liberation celebration parade (ddr-densho-201-577)
Caption in album: "On 11th of April, 1 year liberation celebration in Carrara."
Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
img Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
Eugenia Lincoln 'Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at a USO show. Caption on front: "'Jenks' [sic]Falkenburg USO show Milan, Italy 1945."
Tosh Tanemura (ddr-densho-201-804)
img Tosh Tanemura (ddr-densho-201-804)
Caption in album: "Tosh Tanemura / Seattle, Was."
View of Mt. Carchio (ddr-densho-201-576)
img View of Mt. Carchio (ddr-densho-201-576)
Caption in album: "Hell broke loose on his mountain at 0550 hr, April 5, 1945 / Mt. Carchio / 442nd Faught on this hill April 5, 1945 / Gothic Line."
Soldiers (ddr-densho-201-633)
img Soldiers (ddr-densho-201-633)
Caption in album: "Swiss soldier & Jim at Davos Lake."
img "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn" (ddr-densho-201-118)
Caption on reverse: "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn on Highway No #1."
Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-529)
img Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-529)
Caption in album: "Yukio Sunata / Fort Lupton Colo."
Letter from Klaus Wiedmer to Masao Sakagami (ddr-densho-201-419)
doc Letter from Klaus Wiedmer to Masao Sakagami (ddr-densho-201-419)
A letter from Klaus Wiedmer in Langnau, Switzerland to Masao Sakagami in New York. Addressed "Co. C. 100th B.N. 442 Regt." Letter is dated April 21, 1946. Postmark is dated April 23, 1946.
Portrait of seven soldiers (ddr-densho-201-379)
img Portrait of seven soldiers (ddr-densho-201-379)
Caption on front: "Geo Masushige Cal., Ken[go] Otsuka Walnut Grove Cal., Bill Omoto Monterey Cal., Shig Chinen, [?], Sam Fujii, Uchrono [?].
Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
img Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
Three soldiers. Caption on front: "George Watanabe, Mino Tateoka, Matsu."
Soldier reading Stars and Stripes newspaper (ddr-densho-201-68)
img Soldier reading Stars and Stripes newspaper (ddr-densho-201-68)
Two Japanese American soldiers sitting. The soldier in the foreground is reading The Stars and Stripes military newspaper.
Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
img Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
Uniformed soldiers on a dock in front of a ship. On side of ship: "Antioch Victory."