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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Order to report (ddr-densho-22-88)
doc Order to report (ddr-densho-22-88)
Clarence Matsumura's order to report for a preinduction physical
Disabled German plane on the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-39)
img Disabled German plane on the Autobahn (ddr-densho-22-39)
Caption in album: "On the Auto Bahn [sic] between Munich to Augsburg many sections were used for airports and planes hid in the trees of the along the road forests."
Certificate of fitness (ddr-densho-22-89)
doc Certificate of fitness (ddr-densho-22-89)
Clarence Matsumura's certificate of fitness for induction into the Army.
The Headquarter Battery on the move (ddr-densho-22-36)
img The Headquarter Battery on the move (ddr-densho-22-36)
Caption in album: "On the move of location we are on a 'road march.' Here is the Headquarter Battery on move."
Soldiers (ddr-densho-22-63)
img Soldiers (ddr-densho-22-63)
Caption in album: "T/5 Rupert Arai / T/5 Tamotsu Saito / T/5 Hideo Noda."
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-79)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-79)
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 ...