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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Group photograph of soldiers (ddr-densho-22-162)
img Group photograph of soldiers (ddr-densho-22-162)
Caption on reverse: "Front l to r: Tango Fujimoto, Tsutoru Shigeta, George Maeda, Kenichiro Sekiguchi, Sam Takamura, Satoru Sunamoto / 2nd l to r: Yasuhiro Fujita, Goro Igarashi, Yutaka Nakhata, Hisashi Kubota, Shoji Takimoto, Hironobu Hino / Standing l to r: Ben Pai, Teiichiro Hirata, Tsugio Aoyama, Tadayuki Ishizaki, Benji Shiroyama, Herbert Yanamura, Kazuo Kamoto."
Lister bag (ddr-densho-22-30)
img Lister bag (ddr-densho-22-30)
Caption in album: "Here is a lister bag where all water is treated before you drink. Halazone tablets we used during the war. In more permanent positions these bags are set up. You absolutely do not drink untreated water."
Clarence Matsumura on guard post (ddr-densho-22-69)
img Clarence Matsumura on guard post (ddr-densho-22-69)
Caption in album: "Among the rookie reign of most soldiers he spends more than 50% of his time doing nothing but guard post."
Instructions for reporting (ddr-densho-22-91)
doc Instructions for reporting (ddr-densho-22-91)
"Instructions for enlisted men granted delay enroute prior to reporting to AGF Replacement Depot No. 1, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland."