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.

World War II (66)
Military service (617)
442nd Regimental Combat Team (1541)

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442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mark W. Clark, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, Go for Broke! (film), Stanley Hayami, Daniel Inouye, Mike Masaoka, Kazuo Masuda, Rescue of the Lost Battalion

1541 items
Japanese American soldiers in gondola (ddr-densho-201-201)
img Japanese American soldiers in gondola (ddr-densho-201-201)
Two Japanese American soldiers riding in a gondola with a gondolier. Caption on reverse: "Henry Yamamoto, Roy Enomoto."
Man in Venice hotel (ddr-densho-201-154)
img Man in Venice hotel (ddr-densho-201-154)
Japanese American man sitting in a hotel chair, wearing military attire but not full uniform. Caption on reverse: "Venice hotel."
Japanese American soldier with civilian men and women (ddr-densho-201-182)
img Japanese American soldier with civilian men and women (ddr-densho-201-182)
Japanese American soldier with civilians outside what appears to be a lodge in front of a mountain.
Letter from Guyo Tajiri to Clifford Uyeda (ddr-densho-338-178)
doc Letter from Guyo Tajiri to Clifford Uyeda (ddr-densho-338-178)
A letter where Guyo Tajiri tells Clifford Uyeda about the effort Larry and Ruth Hall made to have a memorial placed in Bruyeres to commemorate the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Correspondence and clippings regarding donation of an article (ddr-densho-338-136)
doc Correspondence and clippings regarding donation of an article (ddr-densho-338-136)
Correspondence between the National Japanese American Historical Society and Guyo Tajiri regarding her donation of a 1947 Pacific Citizen article titled: "A French Town Remembers Its Nisei Liberators."
T/Sgt. Tom Nagata (ddr-densho-338-195)
img T/Sgt. Tom Nagata (ddr-densho-338-195)
Caption on reverse: "T/SGT Tom Nagata / Pacific Citizen / Japanese-American Citizen's League / Salt Lake City, Utah."
Jim Tateoka and Masao Sakagami in Europe (ddr-densho-328-61)
img Jim Tateoka and Masao Sakagami in Europe (ddr-densho-328-61)
Caption in album: "Overseas Snaps / 1944 / Jim Tateoka and / Masa."
Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-2)
img Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-2)
Portrait of Fred Shiosaki in uniform; a brief note for home is written on the back around Christmastime. Mr. Shiosaki was fighting in France at the time.
World War II veteran (ddr-densho-323-5)
img World War II veteran (ddr-densho-323-5)
Fred Shiosaki stands alone next to an old photo of himself during the war with fellow soldiers.
Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-1)
img Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-1)
Portrait of Fred Shiosaki in uniform; a brief note for home is written on the front to his parents, and the date is written on the back.
Nisei veterans and spouses group photograph (ddr-densho-325-108)
img Nisei veterans and spouses group photograph (ddr-densho-325-108)
Eighteen Nisei veterans and their spouses met for a reunion on April 7, 1995. These eighteen men had all been stationed at Camp Grant, Illinois in 1941-1942. From there the group separated some attending combat infantry training at Camp Blanding, Florida and then to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe and others like Sumito Horiuchi ...
Nisei veterans news (ddr-densho-325-109)
doc Nisei veterans news (ddr-densho-325-109)
Eighteen Nisei veterans and their spouses met for a reunion on April 7, 1995. These eighteen men had all been stationed at Camp Grant, Illinois in 1941-1942. From there the group separated some attending combat infantry training at Camp Blanding, Florida and then to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe and others like Sumito Horiuchi ...
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 58 (July 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-125)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 58 (July 10, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-125)
"Remains of Two N.W. Nisei GI's Back From Europe War Front; Both Served with Famed 442nd" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-262)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 1, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-262)
"JACL Reaffirms "Loyal Support to This Land" (p. 1), "The Story of the 442nd" (p. 1), "Christmas is Marked in Tokyo "As Usual" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 30 (April 22, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-16)
"NVC to Show 442nd Film" (p. 1), "U.S. Navy Now Admits Nisei" (p. 1), "Three Judges Hear Case of Mrs. Bouiss" (p. 1), "Two Wholesale Evacuations: American and Canadian" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 44 (June 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-211)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 44 (June 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-211)
"Text of Col. Hanley Talk" (p. 1), "Nisei Vets Win Plaudits as They March in Parade" (p. 1).
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