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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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."
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."
img "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn" (ddr-densho-201-118)
Caption on reverse: "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn on Highway No #1."
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."
img "Maritime Alps where 442nd stayed till last push in Italy" (ddr-densho-201-299)
Caption in album: "Maritime Alps where 442nd stayed till last push in Italy. Mt. in background is where 100th Bn was located."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-508)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-508)
Caption in album: "Koichi Yamamoto / California."
Soldier in Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-197)
img Soldier in Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-197)
Japanese American soldier standing in the snow outside of the "Sporthaus" (name of building not visible in this photograph) in the Uri Alps, Switzerland. In the background part of a sign is visible that reads "Willkommen," or "welcome" in German. Caption on reverse: "Chester Fukuhara."
Japanese American soldier at Pisa Tower (ddr-densho-201-94)
img Japanese American soldier at Pisa Tower (ddr-densho-201-94)
Japanese American soldier standing in front of a bell at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. Caption on reverse: "Jim Tateoka, Pisa Tower."
Soldiers gathered around a ring (ddr-densho-201-119)
img Soldiers gathered around a ring (ddr-densho-201-119)
Soldiers gathered around what appears to be a boxing ring.
Japanese American soldier outside tent (ddr-densho-201-158)
img Japanese American soldier outside tent (ddr-densho-201-158)
Japanese American soldier standing outside a tent. Caption on reverse: "Lips Miyamoto, San Jose Calif."
Laughing soldiers (ddr-densho-201-60)
img Laughing soldiers (ddr-densho-201-60)
Three soldiers standing on a porch laughing. Caption on reverse: "'Long John' Tsukishima + Yukio Sunata."
img "Mits Sakurada" at Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center (ddr-densho-201-273)
Japanese American soldier sitting in front of a "U.S. Army Rest Center" sign at the base of an obelisk that reads "MVSSOLINI DVX" (entirety of obelisk not visible in this photograph) at the Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center. Caption on front: "Mits Sakurada."
Soldiers on the deck of a ship (ddr-densho-201-146)
img Soldiers on the deck of a ship (ddr-densho-201-146)
Several soldiers and one woman on the deck of a ship. On side of ship: "J.W. McAndrew."
Japanese American bugler (ddr-densho-201-1)
img Japanese American bugler (ddr-densho-201-1)
Stanley Fujiki, Brother of "Flash," Hono. HI, C Co. Bugler.
442nd parade into Carrara (ddr-densho-201-575)
img 442nd parade into Carrara (ddr-densho-201-575)
Caption in album: "Elements of 442 Inf. entered Carrara with the aid of partisans."
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