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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Nisei soldier in France (ddr-densho-164-48)
img Nisei soldier in France (ddr-densho-164-48)
Nisei soldier's caption: Kajiwara with mines. Defused.
Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-4)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-4)
Nisei soldier's caption: Sightseein'. The magic city of Rome. Received my first pass to visit this city, one of the world famous. We were resting then from our strenuous drive from Anzio. The 442nd joined us here.
USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-103)
img USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-103)
Nisei soldier's caption: This guy had too much vino. We were fortunate to see again good old American beauty when "The Jinx" visited us in Lecco. Cameras really were clicking.
Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-109)
img Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-109)
Nisei soldier's caption: Our gondola we rented took us slowly to see the sights. Nothing but dirty buildings.
Nisei soldiers visiting Pompeii (ddr-densho-164-20)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Pompeii (ddr-densho-164-20)
Nisei soldier's caption: Pompeii is still being dug. This is the business district. This city at the time before the disaster was very civilized. Noted lead pipes to bring in water and also of interest to the boys. The casino with very vivid illustrations on the walls.
Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-52)
img Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-52)
Nisei soldier's caption: Pee Wee Iwamoto and Kimura.
Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-80)
img Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-80)
Nisei soldier's caption: Port of Genoa, mostly in ruins.
Nisei soldier in front of a car (ddr-densho-164-26)
img Nisei soldier in front of a car (ddr-densho-164-26)
Nisei soldier's caption: Our booty. Biffontaine Task Force. Surprised a Bn. C.P. and a Major.
USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-102)
img USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-102)
Nisei soldier's caption: We were fortunate to see again good old American beauty when "The Jinx" visited us in Lecco. Cameras really were clicking.
Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-11)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-11)
Nisei soldier's caption: Park in Rome. The war bypassed this city, it being declared an open city.
Nisei soldiers visiting Pompeii (ddr-densho-164-19)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Pompeii (ddr-densho-164-19)
Nisei soldier's caption: Pompeii is still being dug. This is the business district. This city at the time before the disaster was very civilized. Noted lead pipes to bring in water and also of interest to the boys. The casino with very vivid illustrations on the walls.
Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-27)
img Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-27)
Nisei soldier's caption: St. Martin's a town in the French Alps. After the tough time up north it was pretty easy here. It was a beautiful country so clean and untouched by war. Our Bn. was spread far out companies being from 10 to 20 miles away from the C.P. Just occasional patrols and jeep patrols. ...
Nisei soldier holding a French child (ddr-densho-164-68)
img Nisei soldier holding a French child (ddr-densho-164-68)
Nisei soldier's caption: Savage Tanaka. Nice, France. A city known as Miami or LA of France with a tropical climate, vegetables grown the year round. Center of perfume industry with most manufactured at Grasse some 20 miles away. Beautifult resorts by the beach.
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