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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Masao Sakagami wearing a lifering for the J.W. McAndrew (ddr-densho-201-833)
img Masao Sakagami wearing a lifering for the J.W. McAndrew (ddr-densho-201-833)
Caption in album: "Antioch Victory (broke down) stuck at Azore [sic] one week. / J.W. McAndrew transfer."
Two Japanese American soldiers in swimming trunks on a beach (ddr-densho-201-397)
img Two Japanese American soldiers in swimming trunks on a beach (ddr-densho-201-397)
Two Japanese American soldiers in swimming trunks on a beach. Caption on front: "John Nakano, Walt Ogura."
Japanese American soldier on a bridge (ddr-densho-201-48)
img Japanese American soldier on a bridge (ddr-densho-201-48)
Japanese American soldier on a bridge. Caption on reverse: "Koichi Asano."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-641)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-641)
Caption in album: "David Katagiri / Kent, Wash."
Portrait of a German soldier (ddr-densho-201-230)
img Portrait of a German soldier (ddr-densho-201-230)
Caption on side: "German I [Masao Sakagami] killed with Stanley Kimura's tommy gun, April '45."
Japanese American man lounging on Hawaiian beach (ddr-densho-201-282)
img Japanese American man lounging on Hawaiian beach (ddr-densho-201-282)
Caption on front: "Tom Harimoto 442nd Basketball Captain." Caption on post-it note in album: "Tom Harimoto, I Co. Honolulu, HI."
Soldier standing outside tents (ddr-densho-201-198)
img Soldier standing outside tents (ddr-densho-201-198)
Japanese American soldier standing outside a row of tents. Caption on reverse: "Thomas Koboyakawa."
Soldiers in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-535)
img Soldiers in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-535)
Caption in album: "Peter Musushige / LA Cal. / 'Eddie' Iwataki / New York."
Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
img Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
Caption on front: "[Illegible] P.X. [military post exchange] as background."
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