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.

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The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 63 (July 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-130)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 63 (July 28, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-130)
"442nd Feat Wins Japan Praise" (pg. 1), "JACL-ADC Sees Winning of Struggle to End "Limited Passport' Issue" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 58 (July 20, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-225)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 58 (July 20, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-225)
"ADC Will Meet to Discuss Funds for Claims Unit" (p. 1), "Pfc. Takahashi Services Held" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 69 (September 23, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-56)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 69 (September 23, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-56)
"France and U.S. Will Honor Nisei GI War Dead in Special Ceremony in Bruyeres on October 30" (p. 1), "Visit to Japan Not O.K. Yet, JACL Learns" (p. 1),"Final Briefs Completed for Alien Land Law Case" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 26 (March 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-193)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 26 (March 30, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-193)
"Revelle Points Out Generals' High Opinion of Fighting 442nd Combat Team" (p. 1), "Seattle JACL Chapter Urges Issei to Apply for Naturalization Now" (p. 1), "Evacuation Claims Queries, Replies" (p. 4).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 49 (June 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-216)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 49 (June 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-216)
"Civil Rights Members Ask Introduction of Measure to Defeat Bias Practices" (p. 1), "Rites, Burial for Two War Dead from Area to be Held June 25" (p. 1) "Local CIO Tells Nisei Not to Sit on Fence in Matter of Picking Cannery Union" (p. 1).
Statue in France (ddr-densho-164-67)
img Statue in France (ddr-densho-164-67)
Nisei soldier's caption: Statue in Nice. Nice, France. A city known as Miami or LA of France with a tropical climate, vegetables grown the year round. Center of perfume industry with most manufactured at Grasse some 20 miles away. Beautifult resorts by the beach.
Nisei soldiers in review (ddr-densho-164-87)
img Nisei soldiers in review (ddr-densho-164-87)
Nisei soldier's caption: Vehicles passing in view. Went to Ghedi where we camped out in a bare flat plain and went thru the processing prisoners. Took care of around 80,000 and then our first large batch of original 100th men left us. And also joined by a replacement of some 400.
Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-63)
img Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-63)
Nisei soldier's caption: Headin' for Nice for chow. Nob, Okinaka, Anzio Anzai.
Nisei soldier in France (ddr-densho-164-60)
img Nisei soldier in France (ddr-densho-164-60)
Nisei soldier's caption: Monte Carlo. Our R.T. Platoon were M.P.s in the famous little province. They had a great time.
Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-113)
img Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-113)
Nisei soldier's caption: Our gondola we rented took us slowly to see the sights. Nothing but dirty buildings.
USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-106)
img USO show in Italy (ddr-densho-164-106)
Nisei soldier's caption: We were fortunate to see again good old American beauty when "The Jinx" visited us in Lecco. Cameras really were clicking.
Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-97)
img Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-97)
Nisei soldier's caption: Chewing the fat and splicing wire.
Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-93)
img Nisei soldiers in Italy (ddr-densho-164-93)
Nisei soldier's caption: Two Kuronchos Kajiwara, Kyabu. After weathering sandstorms, wind, hot and cold weather, sad partings, we left here the latter part of June and went to Lecco on the shores of Lake Como, and I think the best part of Italy.
Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-5)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Rome (ddr-densho-164-5)
Nisei soldier's caption: Entering toward St. Peter's. Vatican City.
Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-22)
img Nisei soldiers in France (ddr-densho-164-22)
Nisei soldier's caption: Our entry into France. Ham and Windbag, Tanaka. Our kitchen hasn't been set up yet. K-ration and C for us. It was so good, like H -- we stayed at a staging area 20 miles from Marseilles and Dijon.
Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-112)
img Nisei soldiers in Venice (ddr-densho-164-112)
Nisei soldier's caption: Our gondola we rented took us slowly to see the sights. Nothing but dirty buildings.
Nisei soldiers visiting Bagnoli (ddr-densho-164-15)
img Nisei soldiers visiting Bagnoli (ddr-densho-164-15)
Nisei soldier's caption: Bagnoli near Naples. After our battalion and the 442nd attached to the 84 division fought to Arno and winning a presidential citation at Varoa near Leghorn we pulled back to Naples in preparation to go to France. Joined here by 800 replacements. Since Bagnoli was close to Naples and Pompeii we went ...
Two French women (ddr-densho-164-64)
img Two French women (ddr-densho-164-64)
Nisei soldier's caption: French gals Audet and Paulette. We always bought vegt. from them.
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