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)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mark W. Clark, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, Go for Broke! (film), Stanley Hayami, Daniel Inouye, Mike Masaoka, Kazuo Masuda, Rescue of the Lost Battalion

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Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-190-22)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-190-22)
Being reviewed by General George C. Marshall before going overseas

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-190-32)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 32 (ddr-densho-1000-190-32)
Realizing the immense casualties after the battle of the "Lost Battalion"

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-190-31)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-190-31)
Pulled out of rest period for the rescue of the "Lost Battalion"

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-190-35)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-190-35)
Secretly being transferred back to Italy

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-190-23)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-190-23)
First impressions of war-torn Europe

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-190-34)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-190-34)
Not realizing the 442nd's accomplishments until after the war

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-105-8)
vh Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-105-8)
Lessons learned in the military

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews and concentrated on a single topic, namely, the individual's military service during World War II.

Terry Aratani  -  Fred Matsumura  -  Kenneth Okuma  -  Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-3-15)
vh Terry Aratani - Fred Matsumura - Kenneth Okuma - Henry Bruno Yamada Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-3-15)
The "Champagne Campaign," a chance to relax and have fun

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were generally shorter in length than the typical Densho interview. Kari Hiraoka, one of the interviewers, is ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 11 (March 24, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 11 (March 24, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-11)
Selected article titles: "Over 500 Expected This Weekend in Trek to Manzanar" (p.1, 3), "442 'Hero' Rediscovered" (p.1, 5), "Kawabe House" (p.1, 3), "Welfare Issue Flares Inside Little Tokyo" (p.6).
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
Old Indian fort in Lava Beds National Monument, Calif., J. H. Eastman #B-1324 (ddr-csujad-26-104)
img Old Indian fort in Lava Beds National Monument, Calif., J. H. Eastman #B-1324 (ddr-csujad-26-104)
Postcard depicting Native American architecture at Lava Beds National Monument addressed to "Sgt. Tsukahara Student Det. Camp Savage, Minn" on verso. Lava Beds National Monument is nearby Tule Lake incarceration camp. From photo album of Robert Billigmeier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_05_043
[Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
img [Man standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-22)
Japanese American man stands outside, looking down and smiling. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_016
[Two men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-36)
img [Two men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-36)
Two men in military uniform poses together. One is a Japanese American man sitting on a military vehicle and the other stands next to the vehicle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_030
[Man in military uniform standing on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-27)
img [Man in military uniform standing on railroad tracks] (ddr-csujad-1-27)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing on railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_021
[Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-19)
img [Men in military uniform on military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-19)
Four Japanese American men in military uniform, siting outside, are pictured. Three sit on a vehicle and one sits on the chair. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_013
442d RCT Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-60)
doc 442d RCT Combat timeline (ddr-csujad-1-60)
Lists the military training and operations in Italy, France, and Germany by 442nd Regimental Combat Team chronologically from February 1, 1943 through May 31, 1945. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_06_003
[Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
img [Man in military uniform standing outside] (ddr-csujad-1-35)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing outside. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_029
Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 1, January-March 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-183)
doc Go for broke: bulletin, Vol. XLVI, no. 1, January-March 1995 (ddr-csujad-1-183)
A bulletin published by 442nd Veterans Club: Go for broke, vol. XLVI, no. 1 (January-March 1995). The issue's title: A day for remembering. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_10_002
Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
doc Letter from Henry Y. Ikemoto, President, AT Chapter, to Anna Honeycutt, Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, February 11, 1999 (ddr-csujad-1-66)
In the letter, Henry Y. Ikemoto wrote about a Chicago Tribune article, "The drop zone gives voice to oral histories of WWII" by Charles Leroux, which featured Toro Hirose, a member of the Anti-Tank Company, and offers further information on Anti-Tank Company members. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ...
[Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
img [Men in military uniform and women with bicycles] (ddr-csujad-1-12)
Two Japanese American men in military uniform and two women pose together. Women stand with bicycles. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_006
[Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
img [Women from American Red Cross supplying food] (ddr-csujad-1-29)
Two women, perhaps from the American Red Cross, pose together while providing food supplies. A military vehicle with a white star and circle Allied Forces symbol is parked behind them. On front of photograph, there is handwritten inscription. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_023
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