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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Landing in Naples

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 and tend to concentrate on the individual's military service during World War II.

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Brothers' decision to join different units

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Respect for the Nazi soldiers' dedication

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The difficult responsibilities of an officer

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Continuing responsibility to the men in platoon

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Some fond memories of experiences in Europe

At the time this interview was taped, Mr. Watanabe was recovering from a recent series of cancer treatments.

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Memories of a particular mission in Europe

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Remembering fellow soldier, Shiro Kashino

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The call for military volunteers: running to sign up

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Receiving a battlefield commission

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The U.S. government fails to award the 442nd Regimental Combat Team well-deserved Congressional Medals of Honor

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Having the ability to make independent decisions during dangerous situations

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Getting an inside perspective on company and headquarters

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Tosh enlists the help of a family friend to tell mother of decision to volunteer for the military
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Deciding to volunteer for the army in hopes that father would be released; feeling conflicted upon being placed in a segregated unit

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William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

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Receiving the Bronze Star

William Toshio Yasutake was interviewed together with his sister Mitsuye (Yasutake) Yamada and surviving brother, Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. He was interviewed individually on November 14, 2002.

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Reflecting on wartime losses and accomplishments, including unit's seventh Presidential Citation

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This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Parents' reaction to decision to fight in WWII, "He's nothing but a little kid"

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Reacting in synch with fellow soldiers during a difficult battle

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Family's reaction to military service

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