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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Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
img Soldier leaning on wall near bridge (ddr-densho-201-317)
Caption on front: "[Illegible] P.X. [military post exchange] as background."
U.S. military regiment in Italy (ddr-densho-201-367)
img U.S. military regiment in Italy (ddr-densho-201-367)
Caption on front: "Sam Sugidonado, Yukio Su[k?]ata, Kauai-Hi, Joe Ho, Livorno, Italy 1945."
img "Fritz, German prisoner" (ddr-densho-201-360)
Two white men, one of whom is identified as a German prisoner. Caption on side: "C Company 1946. Livorno, Italy. Fritz, German prisoner."
Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
img Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at USO show (ddr-densho-201-394)
Eugenia Lincoln 'Jinx' Falkenburg signing autographs at a USO show. Caption on front: "'Jenks' [sic]Falkenburg USO show Milan, Italy 1945."
img "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn" (ddr-densho-201-118)
Caption on reverse: "Demolished bridge south of Leghorn on Highway No #1."
Train station (ddr-densho-201-208)
img Train station (ddr-densho-201-208)
Platform inside a train station. Appears to be the Zurich train station in Switzerland.
Soldiers next to a statue (ddr-densho-201-167)
img Soldiers next to a statue (ddr-densho-201-167)
U.S. soldiers standing next to a statue in "Leghorn City Square (Hitch Hike Square)" in Livorno, Italy.
Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
img Soldiers on a dock in front of a ship (ddr-densho-201-145)
Uniformed soldiers on a dock in front of a ship. On side of ship: "Antioch Victory."
Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
img Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-315)
Three soldiers. Caption on front: "George Watanabe, Mino Tateoka, Matsu."
img "Mits Sakurada" at Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center (ddr-densho-201-273)
Japanese American soldier sitting in front of a "U.S. Army Rest Center" sign at the base of an obelisk that reads "MVSSOLINI DVX" (entirety of obelisk not visible in this photograph) at the Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center. Caption on front: "Mits Sakurada."
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