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.

World War II (54)
Military service (570)
442nd Regimental Combat Team (1523)

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1523 items
[Men in military uniform with camera] (ddr-csujad-1-25)
img [Men in military uniform with camera] (ddr-csujad-1-25)
Two men in military uniform, standing on railroad tracks, are pictured. One of them is a Japanese American man, facing the photographer with camera. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_019
Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
doc Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
A photocopy of a letter from Drusilla Tanaka, one of the Board's Research Team members, to Col. Kim. In the letter, Drusilla Tanaka described her team's research on Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were killed in action during World War II. The other members' names of the Board's Research Team, Karleen Chinen and Ted Tsukiyama, are ...
Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 9, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-84)
doc Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 9, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-84)
Contains an envelope and two letters sent from Makoto Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Makoto writes from Lecco, Italy, where he is deployed as a U.S. Army soldier to his parents who are incarcerated in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, December 11, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-111)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, December 11, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-111)
A letter from Makoto Okine who is stationed in Italy as a U.S. Army soldier to his father, Seiichi Okine in Hawthorne, California. He informs that he has received a letter from his sister, Hatsuno Hotty Okine, and writes about what he has learned from her. He is glad to learn that Seiichi Okine has returned ...
Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
doc Letters from Ayame Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, June 8, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-147)
Contains two letters from Ayame Okine in Chicago, Illinois to her parents-in-law, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She writes two separate letters to the Okines and encloses into one envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_68_001-003
[Makoto Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-341)
img [Makoto Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-341)
A photograph of Makoto Okine in the U.S. military uniform. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 5. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_08_011_003
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, August 19, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-87)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, August 19, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-87)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine. He writes probably from Italy where he is deployed as a US Army soldier. The letter is mailed via Army/Air Post Office, New York, by U.S. Army Postal Service. The letter was originally addressed to Bartlet Illinois, where Makoto assumes Seiichi stays and farms with Ayame ...
Makoto Okine (ddr-csujad-5-22)
Makoto Okine (ddr-csujad-5-22)
A photograph of Makoto Okine in the US Military uniform. The photograph is addressing his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine and signed from Makoto Okine. It is taken by American Red Cross Photography Shop in Livorno, Italy, where Makoto is stationed as a US Army soldier. The note on the backside records the arrival of the ...
Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 21, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-138)
doc Letters from Makoto Okine to Mr. and Mrs. Okine, March 21, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-138)
Contains two letters and one envelope mailed by Makoto Okine from Italy where he is stationed as an U.S. Army soldier. He writes to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine in Hawthorne, California, separately and encloses two letters in one envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_60_001-003
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, July 22, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-86)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, July 22, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-86)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine, in the Rohwer incarceration camp. Makoto writes from "Leghorn" [=Livorno] Italy where he is deployed as a US Army soldier. The letter is mailed via Army/Air Post Office, New York, by U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he describes his duty, guarding prisoners while they ...
Guarantee for one year for man's watch waterproof record (ddr-csujad-5-145)
doc Guarantee for one year for man's watch waterproof record (ddr-csujad-5-145)
A one-year warranty for a watch that Makoto Okine purchased in Switzerland. Issued by Gygax in Berne, Switzerland. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_66_002
Garantie (ddr-csujad-5-144)
doc Garantie (ddr-csujad-5-144)
A one-year warranty for a watch that Makoto Okine purchased in Switzerland. Issued by Gygax in Berne, Switzerland. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_66_001
Letters from Seiichi Okine to Naraji Okine, Masao Okine, and Jokichi Yamanaka, September 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-159)
doc Letters from Seiichi Okine to Naraji Okine, Masao Okine, and Jokichi Yamanaka, September 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-159)
Contains one envelope and three letters written by Seiichi Okine addressing his son, Masao Okine, his brother Naoji Okine, and his brother-in-law, Jokichi Yamanaka, in Japan. Those three letters are enclosed in an envelope and mailed to Masao Okine who is stationed in Japan via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service, but the letter is ...
Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay (ddr-csujad-5-141)
doc Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay (ddr-csujad-5-141)
Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay issued by Army Service Forces, Office of the Fiscal Director. It addresses Dorothy Ai Okine and notifies of the monthly amount available from April 15, 1946. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_63_001
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
A letter from Masao Okine who is stationed in Yokohama, Japan as a Nisei soldier to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. This letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service. In the letter, he describes his work and daily routine in Japan. He has been transferred from Tokyo to Yokohama and his ...
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, March 30, 1946, [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-189)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, March 30, 1946, [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-189)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He writes from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. In the letter, he writes about his duties in Japan, driving a truck. He also writes about the illness of his brother, Makoto, who is also stationed in Italy as a Nisei ...
Shim Hiraoka interview (ddr-csujad-6-5)
doc Shim Hiraoka interview (ddr-csujad-6-5)
Oral history interview with Shim Hiraoka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIRAOKA_SHIM
Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
doc Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
Oral history interview with Gene Hamaguchi See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HAMAGUCHI_GENE
Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
doc Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
Oral history interview with Mamoru Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_MAMORU
Hugo Kaji interview (ddr-csujad-6-9)
doc Hugo Kaji interview (ddr-csujad-6-9)
Oral history interview with Hugo Kaji. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KAJI_HUGO
Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
doc Lloyd Kurihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-15)
Oral history interview with Lloyd Kurihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KURIHARA_LLOYD
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
Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration, June 4, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-74)
doc Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration, June 4, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-74)
A letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration arguing that John Y. Udaka is entitled to a redress payment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_008
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted ...
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