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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Florence American Cemetery (ddr-densho-201-783)
img Florence American Cemetery (ddr-densho-201-783)
Caption in album: "Aug. 19, 1946 / Castelfiorentino, Italy / Hisashi (WA) & Masaru Tamura."
A group in front of the Oka home (ddr-densho-201-750)
img A group in front of the Oka home (ddr-densho-201-750)
Caption in album: "Me [Masao Sakagami], Mrs. Oka / Monterey, Calif. / 1946 Yoshi."
doc "442nd Combat Team; Go For Broke 1943-1945" (ddr-densho-201-406)
Fifty-three-page booklet. Title on cover: "442nd Combat Team; Go For Broke 1943-1945; Rome; Arno; North Apennines; Po Valley; Germany." Title page: "The Story of the 442nd Combat Team Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment; 522nd Field Artillery Battalion; 232nd Combat Engineer Company...Published by Information - Education Section, MTOUSA [Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army]; Compiled by ...
Soldiers playing baseball (ddr-densho-201-550)
img Soldiers playing baseball (ddr-densho-201-550)
Caption in album: "Yoshimura pitching / Recreation hour."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-519)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-519)
Caption in album: "George Takagi / Arizona."
Soldiers touring New York City upon returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-778)
img Soldiers touring New York City upon returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-778)
Caption on front: "Times Square." Caption in album: "New York City / Tosai, Tanemura / 'Coming home' / Sept. 1946."
Guest card for Florence hotel (ddr-densho-201-265)
img Guest card for Florence hotel (ddr-densho-201-265)
"Hotel Majestic, Florence, Italy, Operated by Headquarters Command P.B.S. Transient Enlisted Personnel, Guest Card, This card must be presented for all meals. Expires 25/7/46, Room No. 16."
img "442nd Bows Out in 'Blaze of Glory' 1946, Livorno, Italy." (ddr-densho-201-396)
Soldiers marching in formation. Caption on front: "442nd Bows Out in 'Blaze of Glory' 1946, Livorno, Italy."
Masao Sakagami wearing a lifering for the J.W. McAndrew (ddr-densho-201-833)
img Masao Sakagami wearing a lifering for the J.W. McAndrew (ddr-densho-201-833)
Caption in album: "Antioch Victory (broke down) stuck at Azore [sic] one week. / J.W. McAndrew transfer."
Portrait of a German soldier (ddr-densho-201-230)
img Portrait of a German soldier (ddr-densho-201-230)
Caption on side: "German I [Masao Sakagami] killed with Stanley Kimura's tommy gun, April '45."
Soldiers at ship's rail (ddr-densho-201-144)
img Soldiers at ship's rail (ddr-densho-201-144)
Japanese American soldiers standing at the rail of a ship. Caption on front: "Sanuki, Tamura, Kodama."
Four soldiers on a bridge (ddr-densho-201-100)
img Four soldiers on a bridge (ddr-densho-201-100)
Four Japanese American soldiers in uniform on a bridge. Caption on reverse: "Chick Kawata, Akira Washio, 'Blackie' Toyama, George Sakata."
Soldier in front of
img Soldier in front of "Sporthaus" (ddr-densho-201-188)
Soldier standing in front of a building that says "Sporthaus" ("sports house" or "sports shop") beside a sign written primarily in German designating maps and locations. Part of the Joch Pass, a mountain pass that runs through the Uri Alps in Switzerland.
Soldier smoking (ddr-densho-201-506)
img Soldier smoking (ddr-densho-201-506)
Caption in album: "Akira Washio / 'Wa Hoo' / California."
img "Uyeda, Uyemura, Kengi" (ddr-densho-201-286)
Four Japanese American soldiers crouched on the ground. Caption on front: "Uyeda, Uyemura, Kengi."
img "Unloading at Camp Kilmer" (ddr-densho-201-142)
Soldiers disembarking from a train. Caption on front: "Unloading at Camp Kilmer." Caption on reverse: "Camp Kilmer N.J."
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