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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Military service (620)
442nd Regimental Combat Team (1543)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mark W. Clark, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, Go for Broke! (film), Stanley Hayami, Daniel Inouye, Mike Masaoka, Kazuo Masuda, Rescue of the Lost Battalion

1543 items
Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
doc Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
Oral history interview with Ruth Okuye Ihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_IHARA_RUTH
Saburo Masada interview (ddr-csujad-6-20)
doc Saburo Masada interview (ddr-csujad-6-20)
Oral history interview with Saburo Masada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASADA_SABURO
Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto (ddr-csujad-8-90)
doc Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto (ddr-csujad-8-90)
A statement by Mr. Lou Haruo Miyamoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Miyamoto, Mr Lou Harou
Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
doc Sadame Yamada (ddr-csujad-8-99)
Oral history interview with Sadame Yamada. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yamada, Sadame
Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
doc Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Mizuki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mizuki, Momoyo
Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Admnistration [Administration], December 4, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-73)
doc Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Admnistration [Administration], December 4, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-73)
A letter from Cedrick Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration arguing that Manabi Matoba is entitled to a redress payment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_007
Letter from Eji Suyama (ddr-csujad-24-100)
doc Letter from Eji Suyama (ddr-csujad-24-100)
A letter from Eji Suyama offering historical context for draft resistance by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_08_002
Old Indian fort in Lava Beds National Monument, Calif., J. H. Eastman #B-1324 (ddr-csujad-26-104)
img Old Indian fort in Lava Beds National Monument, Calif., J. H. Eastman #B-1324 (ddr-csujad-26-104)
Postcard depicting Native American architecture at Lava Beds National Monument addressed to "Sgt. Tsukahara Student Det. Camp Savage, Minn" on verso. Lava Beds National Monument is nearby Tule Lake incarceration camp. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_043
An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka (ddr-csujad-29-25)
av An Oral History with Margaret Masuoka (ddr-csujad-29-25)
An interview with Margaret Masuoka, a volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), conducted for the Japanese American Project at California State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History. Specifically, this interview provides insight to Masuoka's personal history dealing with the prejudice that she and her family faced due their Japanese ancestry; her family's settlement ...
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
This reunion of Nisei veterans took place over Independence Day weekend.
Honor roll (ddr-densho-15-82)
img Honor roll (ddr-densho-15-82)
Japanese Americans looking at the camp's honor roll, a listing of all the Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp who volunteered for military service. Minidoka had the highest number of volunteers from the mainland United States.
Translation of the interview transcripts (ddr-csujad-1-193)
doc Translation of the interview transcripts (ddr-csujad-1-193)
English translation of the transcripts of the interview between Masakiyo Watanabe, TV Fan, and World War II Nisei veterans, including Douglas Tanaka, Albert Takahashi, Don Seki, and Tetsuo Asato. This is a documentary on the exploits of the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. The interview was conducted to publish ...
[Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
img [Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
Two women, perhaps from the American Red Cross, pose together while providing food supplies. A military vehicle with a white star and circle Allied Forces symbol is parked behind them. On front of photograph, there is handwritten inscription. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_023
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-9)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform were photographed. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_003
100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
doc 100th [Infantry] Battalion Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-59)
Lists the military operations in Italy and France by 100th Infantry Battalion Combat chronologically from September 2, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_002
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [November 10, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-2)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [November 10, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-2)
V-mail from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb informed Kune of her current location: She was in Capodichino, but heading to Bagnoli, Italy. She also gave Kune her home address in Menlo Park, California and business address in Palo Alto, California. See this object in the California State ...
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [August 30, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-4)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [August 30, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-4)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Talked about a plan to return. She asked Kune when he is planning to return home or if he would stay until March. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_004
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-11)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-11)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses next to a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_005
[Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
img [Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
Japanese American man stands outside, looking down and smiling. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_016
[Man on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-40)
img [Man on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-40)
A Japanese American man poses, sitting on a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_034
100th/442nd Veterans Association [administrative records] (ddr-csujad-1-70)
doc 100th/442nd Veterans Association [administrative records] (ddr-csujad-1-70)
Administrative records of 100th/442nd Veterans Association. Includes a board of directors meeting agenda on April 7, 2001, the treasurer's report on April 7, 2001, minutes of the board meeting on March 3, 2001, a rotation system for assignments and activities as of January 1, 1999, and a photocopy of a letter of intent to purchase real ...
Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 1, January-March 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-183)
doc Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 1, January-March 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-183)
A bulletin published by 442nd Veterans Club: Go for broke, vol. XLVI, no. 1 (January-March 1995). The issue's title: A day for remembering. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_10_002
Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
doc Letter from Henry Ikemoto to Eddy Murakami, Tom Nakata, Hifumi Saimo, George Tamura, Seiya Tanaka (ddr-csujad-1-62)
A letter regarding the order of copies of photographs taken at the 1995 mini-reunion at Las Vegas. Includes handwritten marginalia. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_005
[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_029
Camp Shelby Mississippi WWII Commemorative Open House Reunion and Homecoming (ddr-csujad-1-46)
doc Camp Shelby Mississippi WWII Commemorative Open House Reunion and Homecoming (ddr-csujad-1-46)
A pocket paper folder for the event, Camp Shelby Mississippi WWII Commemorative Open House Reunion and Homecoming held in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, June 16-18, 1995. Includes programs of the event and a brochure of "The Armed Forces Museum." It also contains newspaper clippings with a letter and envelop and a magazine article on the event. See ...
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