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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Mr. Kazuo Hiyama (ddr-csujad-8-22)
doc Mr. Kazuo Hiyama (ddr-csujad-8-22)
Oral history interview with Mr. Kazuo Hiyama. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Hiyama, Mr Kazuo
Gen Goto (ddr-csujad-8-15)
doc Gen Goto (ddr-csujad-8-15)
Oral history interview with Gen Goto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Goto, Gen
img "Bows Out in Blaze of Glory" (ddr-densho-201-224)
Caption on front: "Bows Out In Blaze of Glory." Caption on side: "C. Company, Cpt. Walter Johnson, 1st Lt. Anthony Deluca, 1st Lt. Samuel Leibitz, 1st Lt. Bert Tanaka. Kenge Sakagami, Imoto, Omoto, Urada, Shikuma, Takahashi, Bob Sato, C. Co 442nd?"
img "Leghorn Italy 'Paramount Theatre'" (ddr-densho-201-237)
Caption on front: "Leghorn [a.k.a. Livorno] Italy 'Paramount Theatre.' Went to see movie in Leghorn by the dirty canal. Kids swam in it."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-491)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-491)
Caption on album: "Takashi Okamoto / California."
Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-650)
img Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-650)
Caption in album: "442nd going home / June, 1946 / 'Blackie' Kem Muramoto.'"
Soldiers beside a military grave (ddr-densho-201-92)
img Soldiers beside a military grave (ddr-densho-201-92)
Two Japanese American soldiers crouched beside a military grave with flowers.
Liberation celebration parade (ddr-densho-201-577)
img Liberation celebration parade (ddr-densho-201-577)
Caption in album: "On 11th of April, 1 year liberation celebration in Carrara."
Masao Sakagami and Bill Omoto (ddr-densho-201-745)
img Masao Sakagami and Bill Omoto (ddr-densho-201-745)
Caption in album: "Me, Bill Omoto / Monterey, California / Bill Omoto / 1947 or 7 / C. Co.."
img "Rev. Geo. Aki" (ddr-densho-201-383)
Caption on front: "Rev. Geo. Aki." Japanese American man posed next to a sign that reads "U.S. Military Cemetery at Castelfiorentino. Buried here are the honored dead. They deserve your respect and homage. Please be quiet! Do not walk in the cemetery when services are in progress. Pictures will not be taken. Do not touch any ...
Soldier relaxing on the beach (ddr-densho-201-642)
img Soldier relaxing on the beach (ddr-densho-201-642)
Caption in album: "Noboru Sakguchi / Terminal Is. California."
Group of soldiers (ddr-densho-201-528)
img Group of soldiers (ddr-densho-201-528)
Back row, left to right: Mitsu Yoshimura, Tsusaka, Naganuma, Geo. Fujino, Tsukashima, Pete Tanda. Front row, left to right: Watanabe, Sakaida, Asato, "Rich" Egami."
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