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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Rest area near Carrara (ddr-densho-201-586)
img Rest area near Carrara (ddr-densho-201-586)
Caption in album: "Remember? / Rest area near Carrara / 1945 - April Italy."
Writing letters and cleaning guns (ddr-densho-201-543)
img Writing letters and cleaning guns (ddr-densho-201-543)
Caption in album: "Tosh Sumimoto / Me [Masao Sakagami] / Writing letter under pup tent."
Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
img Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
Caption on front: "[Illegible] P.X. [military post exchange] as background."
Train station (ddr-densho-201-208)
img Train station (ddr-densho-201-208)
Platform inside a train station. Appears to be the Zurich train station in Switzerland.
Soldiers next to a statue (ddr-densho-201-167)
img Soldiers next to a statue (ddr-densho-201-167)
U.S. soldiers standing next to a statue in "Leghorn City Square (Hitch Hike Square)" in Livorno, Italy.
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."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-504)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-504)
Caption in album: "Shigeru Chinen / Hawaii."
Soldiers on a boat approaching Bay Bridge (ddr-densho-201-141)
img Soldiers on a boat approaching Bay Bridge (ddr-densho-201-141)
Soldiers on a boat approaching the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California. Caption on Reverse: "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Nov. 1946 Dec." Caption on front: "Jan. 1947."