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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Ernest Uno Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1007-7-5)
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Having surgery in camp in order to be enlisted in the army

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James Lovell Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1007-12-2)
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Witnessing the reactions of white officers to an all-Japanese American unit (audio only)

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James Lovell Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1007-12-5)
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Being asked to take part in a questionable project involving Nisei soldiers (audio only)

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Chester Tanaka Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-6-7)
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First meeting Japanese Americans from the West Coast and Hawaii (audio only)

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Soldiers getting autographs from actress Marilyn Hare (ddr-densho-201-156)
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Soldiers getting autographs from actress Marilyn Hare. Caption on reverse: "Marilon [sic] Hare."
Japanese American and white soldiers on a bridge (ddr-densho-201-41)
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Four white soldiers and one Japanese American soldier in uniform, standing on a bridge.
Soldiers and civilians outside American Red Cross Paramount Theatre (ddr-densho-201-166)
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Soldiers and civilians outside American Red Cross Paramount Theatre in Livorno, Italy.
Soldiers on a boat approaching Bay Bridge (ddr-densho-201-141)
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Soldiers on a boat approaching the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, California. Caption on Reverse: "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Nov. 1946 Dec." Caption on front: "Jan. 1947."
Soldier next to
img Soldier next to "2nd Plt." sign (ddr-densho-201-140)
Uniformed Japanese American soldier next to "2nd Plt." sign. Caption on reverse: "Yukio Ishimatsu, Utah."
Japanese American men Hawaiian beach (ddr-densho-201-280)
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Two Japanese American men on the beach. Caption on front: "Shun Morishige." Caption on post-it note in album: "Tom Harimoto, I Co. Honolulu, HI."
Italian buildings in rubble (ddr-densho-201-117)
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Italian buildings in rubble. Caption on reverse: "Moulto Bombado"--possibly intended to translate as "very bombarded."
Japanese American soldier at Pisa Tower (ddr-densho-201-94)
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Japanese American soldier standing in front of a bell at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. Caption on reverse: "Jim Tateoka, Pisa Tower."
Soldiers gathered around a ring (ddr-densho-201-119)
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Soldiers gathered around what appears to be a boxing ring.
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