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.

442nd Regimental Combat Team (1518)

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442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-44)
img 442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-44)
Caption in album: "Snow is inocent [sic] and has beauty but it acts also as a blanket or carpet. A carpet covers many things. Such as mines and obstacles. It also made roads impossible as roads on mountain sides have snow drifts, slides and snow blockades. We had to make detours. As snow melts there is ...
Nisei soldier and child (ddr-densho-34-3)
img Nisei soldier and child (ddr-densho-34-3)
Harry Koba, a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and an unidentified child in Italy.
Newspaper article from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-319)
doc Newspaper article from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-319)
Newspaper article titled: "G.I. Japyank." Newspaper unknown.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-390)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-390)
Newspaper clippings from the Seattle Times, one of which is titled "'Fight for Your Rights,' Wirin Tells JACL Group at Conference."
President Truman reviewing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (ddr-densho-37-837)
img President Truman reviewing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (ddr-densho-37-837)
Original caption: Photograph of President Truman walking past members of the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team as they stand at attention on the Ellipse.
President Truman reviewing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (ddr-densho-37-836)
img President Truman reviewing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (ddr-densho-37-836)
Original caption: Photograph of President Truman with other dignitaries during his review of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
Original caption: Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T.H., Gunner, No. 1 Cannoneer; Pvt. Suehiko Yoshida, Puunene, T.H., No. 2 Cannoneer; and Pfc. Mamoru Yonashiro, Oahu, T.H., Telephone Operator, all of [the] 522nd Field Artillery, 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Div., L to R, are at a 105-mm howitzer firing at the enemy in the battle for Leghorn, Italy. ...
Hand grenade drill (ddr-densho-37-754)
img Hand grenade drill (ddr-densho-37-754)
Original WRA caption: Hand grenade drill. A company of Japanese-American soldiers are here shown throwing hand grenades into an open trench. The 442nd combat team at Camp Shelby is composed entirely of Americans of Japanese descent who volunteered for service in the armed forces. This unit of approximately 8000 men is undergoing intensive training in all ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 41 (May 21, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-208)
"B.C. Union Resolves Not to Oppose to Japanese Getting Fish Licenses" (p. 1), "Local Community Will Pay Tribute to GI Dead May 30" (p. 1),
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 100 (December 4, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-161)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 100 (December 4, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-161)
"OK of Measure for Equality Seen Likely" (p. 1), "Joint Rites Set for Six GI War Dead Saturday, Dec. 11 in Bukkyo-Kai; One of Nisei Heroes is Winner of DSC" (p. 1), "JACL Will Give Claims Forms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
"Next "Open Night' on Wed., Aug. 17; Take Advantage of It, Okada Urges" (p. 1), "Illinois Senator Cites Record of Nisei GI's in Urging Passage of Judd Bill" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 82, No. 2 (January 16, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 82, No. 2 (January 16, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-2)
Selected article titles: "Orange County School Dedicated to 442 Hero: Sgt. Kazuo Masuda" (p. 1), "OSS Broadcaster" (p. 2), and "Editorials: JACL Will Not Be Intimidated" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 3 (July 16, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 95, No. 3 (July 16, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-28)
Selected article titles: "IBM Case Adds Friction to U.S.-Japan Trade" (pp. 1, 5), "Mineta Urges Fifth Preference to Remain in Immigration Law" (pp. 1, 4), "Census: 5,000 in U.S. Turn 65 Years of Age Every Day" (pp. 1, 8), and "Ye Editor's Desk: 100/442nd/MIS Museum Foundation" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 2 (July 21-August 3, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 2 (July 21-August 3, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-14)
Selected article titles: "JACL National President Meets with Clinton" (pp. 1, 15), "JACL Message: Keep Affirmative Action in California Education" (pp. 1, 6, 15), "From the ORA: Potentially Eligible Redress Recipients" (pp. 10-14), and "GIs Return 'Home' to Camp Shelby" (p. 15).
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