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
Street view in Carrara (ddr-densho-201-574)
img Street view in Carrara (ddr-densho-201-574)
Caption in album: "Elements of 442 Inf. entered Carrara with the aid of partisans."
U.S. military regiment in Italy (ddr-densho-201-367)
img U.S. military regiment in Italy (ddr-densho-201-367)
Caption on front: "Sam Sugidonado, Yukio Su[k?]ata, Kauai-Hi, Joe Ho, Livorno, Italy 1945."
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.
Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-529)
img Soldier in front of tents (ddr-densho-201-529)
Caption in album: "Yukio Sunata / Fort Lupton Colo."
Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
img Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
Uniformed soldiers on a dock in front of a ship. On side of ship: "Antioch Victory."
Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
img Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
Three soldiers. Caption on front: "George Watanabe, Mino Tateoka, Matsu."
img "Fritz, German prisoner" (ddr-densho-201-360)
Two white men, one of whom is identified as a German prisoner. Caption on side: "C Company 1946. Livorno, Italy. Fritz, German prisoner."
Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
img Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
Eugenia Lincoln 'Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at a USO show. Caption on front: "'Jenks' [sic]Falkenburg USO show Milan, Italy 1945."
Soldiers (ddr-densho-201-633)
img Soldiers (ddr-densho-201-633)
Caption in album: "Swiss soldier & Jim at Davos Lake."
View of Mt. Carchio (ddr-densho-201-576)
img View of Mt. Carchio (ddr-densho-201-576)
Caption in album: "Hell broke loose on his mountain at 0550 hr, April 5, 1945 / Mt. Carchio / 442nd Faught on this hill April 5, 1945 / Gothic Line."
img "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn" (ddr-densho-201-118)
Caption on reverse: "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn on Highway No #1."
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.
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."