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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1518 items
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-92-36)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 36 (ddr-densho-1000-92-36)
Officers' appreciation for Nisei soldiers

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-92-27)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-92-27)
Determination to join the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-3-14)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-3-14)
Psychological effects of war: dealing with killing another person, friends dying beside you

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview. Kari Hiraoka, one of ...

Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-3-12)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-3-12)
The sounds of war, learning to interpret the sound of mortar fire

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview. Kari Hiraoka, one of the ...

Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-114-12)
vh Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-114-12)
Volunteering for U.S. Army 442nd Regimental Combat Team, brother killed in action

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Brother and sister (ddr-densho-348-7)
img Brother and sister (ddr-densho-348-7)
Imelda and Chuck Kinoshita in Minidoka concentration camp. Imelda had returned from the East Coast to attend their brother Francis "Bako" Kinoshita's funeral.
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [March 5, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-6)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work and the weather in Italy. She also criticized the war and people's optimistic view. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_006
[Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
img [Two men in military uniform in military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-18)
Two men in military uniform poses together in a military vehicle. On front of photograph, they are named:"S__" and "Deane." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_012
Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
doc Letter from Shirley Cobb, [volunteer], American Red Cross, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army, [May 28, 1945?] (ddr-csujad-1-5)
Correspondence from Shirley Cobb, American Red Cross volunteer, to Kune Hisatomi, Pfc., U.S. Army. Shirley Cobb described her work situation. She also asked Kune to disclose his location since the battle ended. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_01_005
[Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
img [Man sitting on chair] (ddr-csujad-1-21)
Japanese American man poses in smile, wearing a hat and sitting on chair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_015
[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
[Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
img [Man in military uniform and helmet] (ddr-csujad-1-37)
A Japanese American man in military uniform and helmet poses in smile outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_031
[Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
img [Rest time] (ddr-csujad-1-28)
Three Japanese American men, siting on railroad tracks, are pictured. A military truck is parked with piled clothes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_022
Memo from Henry Ikemoto, President, to members AT Chapter and individuals concerned re: agenda, regular chapter meeting, 10/14/98, 0900 hrs, Denny's, LaPalma, October 6, 1998 (ddr-csujad-1-64)
doc Memo from Henry Ikemoto, President, to members AT Chapter and individuals concerned re: agenda, regular chapter meeting, 10/14/98, 0900 hrs, Denny's, LaPalma, October 6, 1998 (ddr-csujad-1-64)
Regular meeting agenda for the Anti-Tank Chapter 100th/442nd Veterans Association on October 14, 1998. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_008
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
Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
doc Highways of honor, Military Intelligence Service, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (ddr-csujad-1-185)
A booklet of California memorial highways to honor three entities of the United States Army, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. Includes an article, "The Nisei soldiers of U.S. Intelligence: America's superb secret weapon of World War II" by Dan Nakatsu. Images and map during the Pacific War are included. See ...
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-14)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform pose together. One sits on a military vehicle and the other stands next to it. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_008
[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-24)
Two men in military uniform pose together outside. One stands and the other sits on a military vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_018
[Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-34)
img [Man in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-34)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses next to a military vehicle. On front of photograph, there is handwritten inscription. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_028
Golden Anniversary Reunion, 442 RCT (ddr-csujad-1-195)
doc Golden Anniversary Reunion, 442 RCT (ddr-csujad-1-195)
A booklet of 50th Golden Anniversary 442 RCT includes mostly images of the events during the 5 days anniversary held in Hawaii. Also includes massages from Bill Clinton, U.S. President, Gen. Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C., and addresses delivered by Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, Hawaii, Gen. Gordon L. ...
[Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
img [Men trimming hair] (ddr-csujad-1-26)
Four Japanese American men are photographed. One of them is trimming another man's hair outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_020
[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-32)
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_026
[Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
img [Man looking out from window] (ddr-csujad-1-33)
A Japanese American man looks out from a winder of a building. On front of photograph, he is named Neil. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_027
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