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.

442nd Regimental Combat Team (1518)

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1518 items
Man standing at entrance of military area (ddr-densho-201-82)
img Man standing at entrance of military area (ddr-densho-201-82)
Man standing at entrance of military area. Sign reads, "All trucks stop, LKW halten!"
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."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-502)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-502)
Caption in album: "Osamu Fujii / Californai."
Streets of Carrara (ddr-densho-201-583)
img Streets of Carrara (ddr-densho-201-583)
Caption in album: "In this square one of our medic truck was directly hit by artillery."
Two soldiers in Florence (ddr-densho-201-602)
img Two soldiers in Florence (ddr-densho-201-602)
Caption in album: "Majestic Hotel / Florence Italy." Masao Sakagami on the right.
Japanese American soldiers in the Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-47)
img Japanese American soldiers in the Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-47)
Two Japanese American soldiers posed on the Joch Pass, a mountain pass through the Uri Alps in Switzerland. Caption on reverse: "Jiggs Uyeno."
Soldiers on board the U.S. ship
img Soldiers on board the U.S. ship "Wilson Victory" (ddr-densho-201-137)
Soldiers on board the U.S. ship "Wilson Victory" (ship's name not visible in this photograph).
Glenn Miyoshi (ddr-densho-201-803)
img Glenn Miyoshi (ddr-densho-201-803)
Caption in album: "Glen [sic] Miyoshi / Vashon Island, Wn."
Liberation celebration (ddr-densho-201-579)
img Liberation celebration (ddr-densho-201-579)
Caption in album: "On 11th of April, 1 year liberation celebration in Carrara."
Letter from Olgli Burkli to Masao Sakagami (ddr-densho-201-420)
doc Letter from Olgli Burkli to Masao Sakagami (ddr-densho-201-420)
A letter from Olgi Burkli in Zurich, Switzerland to Masao Sakagami in New York. Addressed "Co. C. 100th B.N. 442 Regt." Letter is dated January 16, 1946. Postmark is dated January 17, 1946.
Soldiers returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-772)
img Soldiers returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-772)
Caption on front: "Welcome home / well done." Caption in album: "Greetings to boys coming home."
Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
img Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
Silhouette of a soldier looking out over what appears to be an olive grove.
Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-133)
img Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-133)
Three Japanese American soldiers posed outside a tent. Caption on reverse: "Koi Arakaki, Kiyoshi Kurokoz [?], Mitsuru [illegible]."
doc "Swiss-tour C I" schedule (ddr-densho-201-411)
Schedule for the "Swiss-tour C I; United States Forces; Meditteranean Theater of Operations | U.S. Army; Leave-Action in Switzerland."
img "Laverne Kurahara twin brother of Conrad" (ddr-densho-201-318)
Soldier standing in front of building. Signature on front: "[To] Sakagami, your buddy [illegible] Laverne." Caption below photograph: "Laverne Kurahara twin brother of Conrad."
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