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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[Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-31)
img [Men in military uniform] (ddr-csujad-1-31)
Two men in military uniform pose together outside a building. One is a Japanese American man wearing a helmet and the other is wearing a military cap. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_01_02_025
Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
doc Letter from Drusilla Tanaka to Col. Kim with article (ddr-csujad-1-65)
A photocopy of a letter from Drusilla Tanaka, one of the Board's Research Team members, to Col. Kim. In the letter, Drusilla Tanaka described her team's research on Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were killed in action during World War II. The other members' names of the Board's Research Team, Karleen Chinen and Ted Tsukiyama, are ...
Henry Ikemoto, 100th/442nd Veterans Association [business card] (ddr-csujad-1-180)
doc Henry Ikemoto, 100th/442nd Veterans Association [business card] (ddr-csujad-1-180)
A business card of Henry Ikemoto, 100th/442nd Veterans Association. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ike_02_08_106
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, July 22, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-86)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, July 22, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-86)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine, in the Rohwer incarceration camp. Makoto writes from "Leghorn" [=Livorno] Italy where he is deployed as a US Army soldier. The letter is mailed via Army/Air Post Office, New York, by U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he describes his duty, guarding prisoners while they ...
An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted ...
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-483)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-483)
Caption in album: "Geo. Pete Masushige / California."
Combat silhouette (ddr-densho-201-28)
img Combat silhouette (ddr-densho-201-28)
Silhouette of a man in combat gear standing in a watchtower surrounded by barbed wire fencing. Location and date unknown.
img "Brother Matsuo" (ddr-densho-201-309)
Japanese American soldier posed on porch. Caption on front: "Brother Matsuo."
Two dogs on a barrel (ddr-densho-201-378)
img Two dogs on a barrel (ddr-densho-201-378)
Caption on front: "Menton. Busu Le Pet Co. Dog. [Akira] Washio took one home."
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-507)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-507)
Caption in album: "Motomi Shigeta / Hawaii."
Soldier on telephone with rifle (ddr-densho-201-42)
img Soldier on telephone with rifle (ddr-densho-201-42)
Japanese American man sitting in a watchtower on the telephone, a rifle leaning against the wall beside him.
Soldiers and civilian on commercial street (ddr-densho-201-159)
img Soldiers and civilian on commercial street (ddr-densho-201-159)
Three Japanese American soldiers and one Japanese American man in civilian attire walking down a commercial street.
Soldier (ddr-densho-201-517)
img Soldier (ddr-densho-201-517)
Caption in album: "Leo Morishita 'Sparks' / Nevada."
Portrait of seven soldiers (ddr-densho-201-379)
img Portrait of seven soldiers (ddr-densho-201-379)
Caption on front: "Geo Masushige Cal., Ken[go] Otsuka Walnut Grove Cal., Bill Omoto Monterey Cal., Shig Chinen, [?], Sam Fujii, Uchrono [?].
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