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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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442nd Regimental Combat Team (1600)

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Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-177)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-177)
Went to Florence on his day off and bought her some stockings, also has a surprise for her from Switzerland
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-183)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-183)
The men with higher points are leaving soon, but he has only 68 points, is getting paid and will send her $80. last page missing
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-184)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-184)
Knows his family will be glad she is jointing them in Mt. View, but he doesn't want her to do any work while she is there, is sending more stockings
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-187)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-187)
Kathleen should be leaving camp soon, he doesn't know what he'll do when he gets out, definitely won't go back to school on the G.I. Bill, too much work.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-192)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-192)
Now thinks he will be home for Christmas, will get some new clothes with his discharge pay.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-196)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-196)
Heard from a friend that he is not on the list to leave soon, and he turned down the waiver that would have given him a higher rating because he thought he was going home, things have not gone his way since the "incident" at Fort Sheridan
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-181)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-181)
Men in the 442nd are harder to deal with than in his old unit, reminisces about times when he, Fred and Frank would talk about how he could get the nerve to talk to her.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-174)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-174)
Saw Archie briefly, hoping that they will lower the point to 65 so he can go home sooner.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-172)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-172)
Tells her not to pay attention to rumors, he will let her know exactly what's going on about when he will be coming home, will try to send a picture.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-170)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-170)
Promises not to make promises to send money or things, but promises that he hasn't spent the money she sent on poker, and will send a copy of the regulation that limits what soldiers can send home so she will believe him.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-202)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-202)
Asks her to send some food stuffs, even though he will be gone, his men can have a treat, is proud of the fact that his men like him and he has done as well for them as he can. Corner of last page of letter torn.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-182)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-182)
Glad to hear she had a visit with her sister Trudy, and news of other friends, is planning a trip to Switzerland on a pass
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-178)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-178)
The war is officially over, but he is waiting to celebrate when he can come home, wants Kathy to visit his sister Kai (Kasumi Uchiyama) before she goes to San Jose after the camp closes.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-199)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-199)
Will probably leave in another week, is going to have some german prisoners make him some boxes to get his stuff home, is sending a photo of him in Rome
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-195)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-195)
Should be leaving for the depot to wait for a boat home on November 8, worried he might get seasick on the way back.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-186)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-186)
Has the German prisoners he is guarding chop and stack wood for him, things both he and Archie will probably come home about the same time
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-136)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-136)
Had a visit with his brother Archie, is being transferred to the 442nd.
Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-188)
doc Letter from Alvin Uchiyama to Kathleen Koga Uchiyama (ddr-densho-406-188)
Saw Archie and went to a movie, the men are angry about the strikes in ports in U.S. stopping ships
522nd Field Artillery unit (ddr-densho-122-871)
doc 522nd Field Artillery unit (ddr-densho-122-871)
Notes about liberation of Dachau by the 522nd, personal information redacted
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