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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Baptismal Font Memorial Service program (ddr-densho-299-68)
doc Baptismal Font Memorial Service program (ddr-densho-299-68)
Program for a Memorial Baptismal Font at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. From the cover: "Service of Dedication for the Memorial Baptismal Font in remembrance of John Akimoto, Victor Akimoto, / John Kato, George Shikata, / and / THE BRONZE PLAQUE / in honor of the / Veterans of World War II."
Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-77)
doc Letter from Robert Ikari to Ted Akimoto (ddr-densho-299-77)
Letter regarding Robert's job giving out citations and happenings in the army.
News article on Nisei troops (ddr-densho-299-71)
doc News article on Nisei troops (ddr-densho-299-71)
Article title: "Yanks of Jap Descent Are Fighting In The Vosges."
News article on the rescue of the
doc News article on the rescue of the "Lost Battalion" (ddr-densho-299-72)
Article: "Survivors Of the 'Lost Battalion.' A Kraut, wounded in an attempt to wipe out the 1st Battalion of the 36th Division's 141st Regiment, is carried away by Yank medics. Some of the 'Lost Battalion' survivors below are shown being transported to the rear. The doughfeet held off the Nazis for five days in the Vosges …
Trees covered in snow (ddr-densho-22-42)
img Trees covered in snow (ddr-densho-22-42)
Caption in album: "Snow makes a nice picture on trees. This just after a dry snow fall."
Danny Y. Teruda at St. Peter's Basilica (ddr-densho-22-293)
img Danny Y. Teruda at St. Peter's Basilica (ddr-densho-22-293)
Caption on reverse: "This picture was taken on the roof of Saint Peters [sic] Cathedral, with its dome in the background."
442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-41)
img 442nd snowed in (ddr-densho-22-41)
Caption in album: "In 1945 about March we had a sudden cold spell. In March during the cold spell we had a snow storm. The snow brought on other difficulties. As we were on the final drive of the war."
Soldier standing in front of a 442nd sign (ddr-densho-22-475)
img Soldier standing in front of a 442nd sign (ddr-densho-22-475)
Sign reads "Headquarters Company 442nd Infantry Combat Team."
Danny Y. Teruya in New Orleans (ddr-densho-22-273)
img Danny Y. Teruya in New Orleans (ddr-densho-22-273)
Caption on reverse: "Taken at Ponchartarian [sic] Beach New Orleans."
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