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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doc "442nd Combat Team; Go For Broke 1943-1945" (ddr-densho-201-406)
Fifty-three-page booklet. Title on cover: "442nd Combat Team; Go For Broke 1943-1945; Rome; Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley; Germany." Title page: "The Story of the 442nd Combat Team Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment; 522nd Field Artillery Battalion; 232nd Combat Engineer Company...Published by Information - Education Section, MTOUSA [Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army]; Compiled by ...
Two soldiers in Florence (ddr-densho-201-602)
img Two soldiers in Florence (ddr-densho-201-602)
Caption in album: "Majestic Hotel / Florence Italy." Masao Sakagami on the right.
Japanese American soldiers in the Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-47)
img Japanese American soldiers in the Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-47)
Two Japanese American soldiers posed on the Joch Pass, a mountain pass through the Uri Alps in Switzerland. Caption on reverse: "Jiggs Uyeno."
View of Carrara (ddr-densho-201-585)
img View of Carrara (ddr-densho-201-585)
Caption in album: "Famous marble rock mountain of Carrara."
Soldier crouched on ground (ddr-densho-201-91)
img Soldier crouched on ground (ddr-densho-201-91)
Soldier crouched on ground. Caption on reverse: "92."
Soldiers and civilians watching a football game (ddr-densho-201-443)
img Soldiers and civilians watching a football game (ddr-densho-201-443)
Soldiers and civilians watching a football game. Caption on reverse: "Football."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-504)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-504)
Caption in album: "Shigeru Chinen / Hawaii."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-519)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-519)
Caption in album: "George Takagi / Arizona."
Soldiers playing baseball (ddr-densho-201-550)
img Soldiers playing baseball (ddr-densho-201-550)
Caption in album: "Yoshimura pitching / Recreation hour."
Soldier smoking a cigarette (ddr-densho-201-40)
img Soldier smoking a cigarette (ddr-densho-201-40)
Unidentified Japanese American man in military uniform smoking a cigarette outside a tent.
Man sitting and drinking (ddr-densho-201-30)
img Man sitting and drinking (ddr-densho-201-30)
Portrait of a man wearing military gear sitting and drinking from a bottle.
img "RTC 208 B Company, Camp Blanding Florida, Aug. - Dec. 1944" (ddr-densho-201-403)
Caption on reverse: "Property of Masao Sakagami. Nob [?] Sakagami [illegible] #34. RTC 208 B Company, Camp Blanding Florida, Aug. - Dec. 1944. 1st row: 1. Nukaya, 2. [unidentified], 3. Enro Okada, 4. [unidentified], 5. Shig Matsukawa, 6. Joe Matsuzaki, 7. Mitsuru Sakurada, 8. Tamio Sakata, 9. Satoru Sakuma, 10. Ishida, 11. ?? Sakuma. 2nd: 1. ...
img "Jim & I on Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)" (ddr-densho-201-233)
Two Japanese American soldiers on a bridge. Caption on front: "Jim & I on Ponte Vecchio (old bridge)."
Soldier next to
img Soldier next to "2nd Plt." sign (ddr-densho-201-140)
Uniformed Japanese American soldier next to "2nd Plt." sign. Caption on reverse: "Yukio Ishimatsu, Utah."
Three men waving out a window (ddr-densho-201-365)
img Three men waving out a window (ddr-densho-201-365)
Three men waving out a window. Caption on front: "44nd RCT Going Home, July 1946 Livorno, Italy. Kariya, Sakuma, Fujinami."