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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11th Triennial Nisei Veterans Reunion Maui News supplement (ddr-densho-390-139)
doc 11th Triennial Nisei Veterans Reunion Maui News supplement (ddr-densho-390-139)
Articles on the 11th Nisei Veterans Reunion held in Maui, with a list of participants. Walter Matsuoka is listed on page 24 with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Portrait of Richard Maeda (ddr-densho-395-68)
img Portrait of Richard Maeda (ddr-densho-395-68)
Portrait of Richard Maeda, son of Yoshiko and Rikichi Maeda, wearing a suit with a corsage. Accompanying materials indicate that Richard served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Portrait of a young solider (ddr-densho-395-64)
img Portrait of a young solider (ddr-densho-395-64)
Portrait of a young solider from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-166)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-166)
Gave all his cigarettes to Archie as well, hopes to live in San Jose when he gets back
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-98)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-98)
Hoping to hear from his brother, Archie, who is with the 442nd, doesn't want her to work with the Red Cross or USO
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-169)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-169)
Doesn't want her to go live with his folks, points were lowered for going home but still doesn't have enough
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-171)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-171)
Tells her not to listen to rumors, they will lower the points and he'll be home by February at the latest.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-180)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-180)
Glad to hear her brother Fred is being discharged, promises to help with Yuri (Aileen) when he gets home, tells her not to listen to rumors, he will mostly likely be home in Feburary.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-164)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-164)
Rumor is that the 442md is going home February 1946, but hopes it will be soon, bought himself a watch
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-200)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-200)
Should be leaving for the depot in Naples in a few days, sorry he and Archie couldn't leave together, plans to stay with his family for a while to help out
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-189)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-189)
The men are angry about the strikes, he is going to the rest center in Rome for a week, is sending money to her and to his mom.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-194)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-194)
Is expecting to be home before Christmas, glad to hear Fred's wife had a baby, doesn't want to sign the waiver to get a higher rating
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-201)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-201)
Asks how she and Yuri (Aileen) are getting along with his family, expects to go the depot any day.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-179)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-179)
Is sending $50, and another $25 in a money order, hasn't sent the stockings yet, but soon.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-193)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-193)
Wishing Kathleen Happy Birthday, tells her not to send anything more because expects to be leaving in November, the shoes she sent don't fit, so gave them to Archie
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-138)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-138)
Now with the 442nd, company K, stationed outside of Florence, but is unhappy and feels out of place
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-168)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-168)
Had some ice cream, figures he won't have enough points to come home until July, but hopes they will lower the points
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-185)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-185)
Has more points than he thought, but still not expecting to leave until February, plans to go to Switzerland on a pass, but need her to send money
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-175)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-175)
Wants her to find a place in San Jose rather than go with his family, thanks her for the shoes, wants another baby as soon as he gets home.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-190)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-190)
Received all the letter and packages from her and her sister Trudy, enjoyed time in Rome, could get a rating if he signs on to stay until all the troops are gone, but doesn't want to.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-118)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-118)
Alvin's company moved to Florence, he might be transferred to the 442nd guarding Prisoner of War camps
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-173)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-173)
Reassures her that the 442nd is not going to be sent to Japan, couldn't get the stockings yet, Archie will be returning from Switzerland soon.
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