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. 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).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 65 (August 13, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-232)
"Next "Open Night' on Wed., Aug. 17; Take Advantage of It, Okada Urges" (p. 1), "Illinois Senator Cites Record of Nisei GI's in Urging Passage of Judd Bill" (p. 2).
Booklet:
doc Booklet: "Nisei in Uniform" (ddr-densho-274-21)
Booklet published by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) on Japanese Americans in the military during World War II.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 18 (May 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-67)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 18 (May 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-67)
Selected article titles: "Baseball Season Opens Tomorrow: Director to Throw First Ball" (p. 1), "War Dept.: 442nd Makes Big Gains in Italy" (pp. 1-2), "Center Firemen Help Quell Tule Lake Fire" (p. 1), and "'May Day' Set for This Sunday" (p. 4).
Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-76)
doc Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-76)
Letter regarding the quality of the cameras used by the army, Robert's reassignment, and "George's" discharge.
Unveiling of the Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-3)
img Unveiling of the Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-3)
Unveiling ceremony for the Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument, which honors Nisei soldiers who served during World War II.
Japanese American four-star general (ddr-densho-6-2)
img Japanese American four-star general (ddr-densho-6-2)
Joseph Kamikawa (left) and General Eric Shinseki. General Shinseki was a keynote speaker at this reunion for Nisei veterans.
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-6-1)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-6-1)
This reunion of Nisei veterans was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Independence Day weekend. Left to right: Joseph Kamikawa, Kay Kamikawa, Lily Oshiro, and William Oshiro.
Inscription, Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-4)
img Inscription, Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument (ddr-densho-6-4)
The Brothers in Valor World War II memorial monument honors Nisei soldiers who served during World War II.
Clarence Matusmura with German girls (ddr-densho-22-72)
img Clarence Matusmura with German girls (ddr-densho-22-72)
Caption in album: "During the last of the war it was still against regulations for fraternization but here during my off guard time I sat showing these young German girls a Life magazine."
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for …
Picking fruit in a tree (ddr-densho-22-32)
img Picking fruit in a tree (ddr-densho-22-32)
Caption in album: "As spring came and summer and leaves bloomed on trees we waited and saw some trees later bear fruit. This is the only kind of fresh fruit we ever got during the war. For fresh vegetables we traded cigarettes with some German farmer. [?] are made vegetable stew or broth without meat."
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