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)

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1518 items
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, December 11, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-111)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, December 11, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-111)
A letter from Makoto Okine who is stationed in Italy as a U.S. Army soldier to his father, Seiichi Okine in Hawthorne, California. He informs that he has received a letter from his sister, Hatsuno Hotty Okine, and writes about what he has learned from her. He is glad to learn that Seiichi Okine has returned ...
Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration, June 4, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-74)
doc Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration, June 4, 1991 (ddr-csujad-24-74)
A letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration arguing that John Y. Udaka is entitled to a redress payment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_008
Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Admnistration [Administration], December 4, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-73)
doc Letter from Cedrick M. Shimo to the Office of Redress Admnistration [Administration], December 4, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-73)
A letter from Cedrick Shimo to the Office of Redress Administration arguing that Manabi Matoba is entitled to a redress payment. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_05_007
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
A letter from Masao Okine who is stationed in Yokohama, Japan as a Nisei soldier to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. This letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service. In the letter, he describes his work and daily routine in Japan. He has been transferred from Tokyo to Yokohama and his ...
Garantie (ddr-csujad-5-144)
doc Garantie (ddr-csujad-5-144)
A one-year warranty for a watch that Makoto Okine purchased in Switzerland. Issued by Gygax in Berne, Switzerland. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_66_001
Letter from Makoto Okine to Seiichi Okine, October 12, [1945] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-187)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Seiichi Okine, October 12, [1945] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-187)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp. It appears that he writes from Italy where he is stationed as a U. S. Army solder. He assumes that many people has left the Rohwer incarceration camp and it appears empty. He mentions that his brother, Masao's request [probably for ...
Letters from Makoto Okine to Seiich, Tomeyo, and Dorothy Ai Okine, February 24, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-135)
doc Letters from Makoto Okine to Seiich, Tomeyo, and Dorothy Ai Okine, February 24, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-135)
Contains two letters written by Makoto Okine, addressing his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, and his sister Dorothy Ai Okine. He writes from Leghorn, Italy, where he is stationed as a U.S. Army solder. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_57_001-003
Memorable bivouac for 442nd (ddr-csujad-1-44)
doc Memorable bivouac for 442nd (ddr-csujad-1-44)
Newspaper clipping describes the reunion of veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team held at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg Mississippi. Inscription reads: 6/20/95 from Miyo Sato of Honolulu, HI. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_03_001
[Roster of Anti-Tank Company, 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team] (ddr-csujad-1-53)
doc [Roster of Anti-Tank Company, 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team] (ddr-csujad-1-53)
A roster of officers and enlisted men, Anti-Tank Company 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team, who were awarded the glider badge. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_02_002
[Man in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-38)
img [Man in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-38)
A Japanese American man in military uniform poses standing near railroad tracks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_032
[Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-41)
img [Men in military uniform with military vehicle] (ddr-csujad-1-41)
Three Japanese American men in military uniform, standing and talking near a building, are pictured. A military vehicle is included. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_035
Letter from Eji Suyama (ddr-csujad-24-100)
doc Letter from Eji Suyama (ddr-csujad-24-100)
A letter from Eji Suyama offering historical context for draft resistance by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_08_002
img "On guard (bayonet drill)" (ddr-densho-201-216)
Japanese American soldier pointing a bayonet on guard. Caption on reverse: "On guard (bayonet drill), 4-12-42."
img "Kenichi Hirabara 'Wanda'" (ddr-densho-201-289)
Japanese American soldier sitting on a stoop. Caption on front: "Kenichi Hirabara 'Wanda'."
Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-649)
img Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-649)
Caption in album: "442nd going home / June, 1946 / Roy Fujihara 'Butta.'"
img "Ducal Palace clock tower Venice" (ddr-densho-201-61)
Japanese American soldier posed outside of the Ducal Palace clock tower in Venice, Italy. Caption on reverse: "Ducal Palace clock tower Venice."
442nd parade into Carrara (ddr-densho-201-573)
img 442nd parade into Carrara (ddr-densho-201-573)
Caption in album: "Elements of 442 Inf. entered Carrara with the aid of partisans."
Ration card (ddr-densho-201-410)
doc Ration card (ddr-densho-201-410)
Ration card for Masao Sakagami. Shows rations for smoking, chewing gum, matches book or pkg, paste or powder tooth, cream or soap shaving, blades razor, soap toilet, soap laundry, candy, and beer. "Period: 19 June to 13 August 1946." Reverse of card lists "special items": "1. candy 185, 2. [illegible] 92, 3. [blank], 4. [illegible] Pen."
Seven Japanese American soldiers posed (ddr-densho-201-371)
img Seven Japanese American soldiers posed (ddr-densho-201-371)
Caption on front: "Manbu Hongo, Kazuo Izuka, Eddie Iwataki, Takashi Okamoto, Geo Abe, Tom Kobayaka, [?] Eguchi."
442nd RCT returning home (ddr-densho-201-23)
img 442nd RCT returning home (ddr-densho-201-23)
442nd Regimental Combat Team aboard the Wilson victory ship.
Soldiers onboard a ship (ddr-densho-201-190)
img Soldiers onboard a ship (ddr-densho-201-190)
Soldiers onboard a ship in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Caption on reverse: "Lucerne 'See' (Lake), Jan-2, 1945."
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