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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442nd Regimental Combat Team (1543)

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Guards on outpost (ddr-densho-22-73)
img Guards on outpost (ddr-densho-22-73)
Caption in album: "Here is T/5 Jim Umamoto on outpost."
Group of soldiers on a truck (ddr-densho-22-253)
img Group of soldiers on a truck (ddr-densho-22-253)
Caption on reverse: "My buddies and I on / the future family car. / Satoru."
Letter of thanks for military service (ddr-densho-22-393)
doc Letter of thanks for military service (ddr-densho-22-393)
A letter of thanks from Harry Truman to soldiers who fought during World War II. Given to Herbert K. Yanamura.
442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-45)
img 442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-45)
Caption in album: "Snow is inocent [sic] and has beauty but it acts also as a blanket or carpet. A carpet covers many things. Such as mines and obstacles. It also made roads impossible as roads on mountain sides have snow drifts, slides and snow blockades. We had to make detours. As snow melts there is ...
Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Interview (ddr-densho-1000-3)
This interview centers on these individuals' military service during WWII as members of I Company, part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American fighting unit and one of the most highly decorated military units in U.S. history. During this interview they discuss their experiences training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and fighting in Europe during ...
Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-75)
doc Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-75)
Letter regarding Ted's sister Magaret, Robert's plans to attend GI University in Florence, and general army life.
Home used by the 442nd radio section (ddr-densho-22-43)
img Home used by the 442nd radio section (ddr-densho-22-43)
Caption in album: "This house we had the radion section in the second floor. A farm town where we had a position. The home we used as it is the most unlikely target the retreating German Army artillery will fire upon."
Hotel Krone in Donauworth, Germany (ddr-densho-22-26)
img Hotel Krone in Donauworth, Germany (ddr-densho-22-26)
Caption in album: "Hotel Krone. Shortly after the war here in Nonauworth in Bayern County Germany in the Hotel Krone we lived patroling the town by the headquarters [?] for almost half a year."
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