522nd Field Artillery Battalion

The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was known for its outstanding firing speed and accuracy. Many of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion men had backgrounds in science and engineering. They needed strong mathematical skills to calculate target distance, gun range, gun angle, and powder strength. In 1945, the 522nd was sent separately to Germany to pursue the hastily retreating German troops. They unknowingly stumbled into the sub-camps of the infamous Dachau death camp and helped to free survivors.

World War II (54)
Military service (570)
522nd Field Artillery Battalion (116)

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Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
doc Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
A booklet published to "commemorate the observance of the 50th Golden Anniversary of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), and attempts to highlight the Go for Broke tradition of the men of the 442nd." Articles record accounts of Nisei veterans from various military companies. The articles cover the time from the formation of the 442nd Regimental ...
Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
doc Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
Oral history interview with Mamoru Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_MAMORU
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 2 (January 17, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 2 (January 17, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-2)
Selected article titles: "522nd Vet Relates Wartime Exploits" (p. 1), "Hawaiian Reparations Bill Proposed" (pp. 1, 3), "East Wind: Passing Glimpses of Japan" (p. 4), and "One Thing Leads to Another: The [Pacific Citizen] Editor Replies" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 20 (November 14, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-45)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 20 (November 14, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-45)
Edition contains Travel Section, A-B, between pages 4 and 5. Selected article titles: "New Lineup in House, Senate May Help Redress Legislation" (pp. 1, 3), "Prop. 63 Passes; Opponents Plan Next Move" (pp. 1-2), "From the Frying Pan: Diary of an 'Enemy'" (p. 4), and "NJAHS Project: Liberators of WW2 Death Camp Sought" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 4 (August 18-25, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 4 (August 18-25, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-29)
Selected article titles: "Regulations on Documentation for Redress Payment Smoother" (p. 1), "'Vincent Chin'-Type Case Explodes in Raleigh, N.C." (pp. 1, 8), "Tri-District Convention Speech: Nakagawa Calls for Nat'l 'Nikkei Summit' in 1990" (p. 3), and "522nd Field Artillery Scouts Liberated Dachau Death Prisoners: Why a New York Judge Mobilized Jews to 'Go for Broke' on ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 17 (November 24, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 17 (November 24, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-42)
Selected article titles: "Army Military Intelligence Service School: Nisei MIS Gears for 50th Anniversary Fete in 1991" (p. 3), "Southern California Premiere Dec. 1: 'Forbidden City, USA' Due in Little Tokyo" (p. 3), "Editorial of the Pacific Citizen: The Lesson in Securing Redress" (p. 4), and "Untold Chapter of the 552nd Field Artillery: The Liberation of ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 1 (January 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 1 (January 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-1)
Selected article titles: "President Explains Board Decision to Downsize Staff" (pp. 1, 5), "Yamashita to File Federal Class-Action Suit for Marine Discrimination Victims" (p. 3), "Responding to Critics of JACL's Wartime Role--Part 2" (pp. 9, 13), "Bruyeres: A Special Experience, a Special Meaning..." (pp. 10, 13-14), and "552nd GIs Shoot Open Dachau Gates" (pp. 11, 14).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 11 (December, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 11 (December, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-23)
Holiday issue organized into sections A 1-36, B 1-56, and A 37-64. Selected article titles: "Who Were the Japanese Americans?" (pp. A15-A16), "'Ethnicity: Please Check One'" (p. A18), "MIS: The Untold Stories" (pp. A34-A35, A37, A39, A41-A42), and "A Bill of Rights for Asserting a Multiracial Identity" (pp. B6-B7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 6 (March 17-April 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 6 (March 17-April 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-6)
Selected article titles: "Campuses in Turmoil" (p. 1), "Service to Honor JA Role in Dachau Liberation of WWII" (p. 4), "March 17-18 Scheduled 'Emergency' National Board Meeting--6 Go, 10 Don't" (p. 5), and "Come-On Sense: Apology to Draft Resisters Demeans JACL" (p. 9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 12 (June 16-July 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 12 (June 16-July 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-12)
Selected article titles: "Affirmative Action Programs Limited by Supreme Court" (pp. 1, 12), "JACL Opposes Cuts in Number of Legal Immigrants Allowed" (pp. 1, 5, 12), "Central California Highway to Honor 100/442nd, MIS" (p. 4), "Sgt. John Matsumoto Quiet Saga of WWII Nisei Aerial Gunner" (p. 5), and "Tracing the Jewish-Nisei Connection: Inouye, Vets Reunited with ...
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
Original caption: Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T.H., Gunner, No. 1 Cannoneer; Pvt. Suehiko Yoshida, Puunene, T.H., No. 2 Cannoneer; and Pfc. Mamoru Yonashiro, Oahu, T.H., Telephone Operator, all of [the] 522nd Field Artillery, 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Div., L to R, are at a 105-mm howitzer firing at the enemy in the battle for Leghorn, Italy. ...
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers (ddr-densho-114-87)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers (ddr-densho-114-87)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Men of the 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Infantry Regt., 34th Division, are firing a 105-MM Howitzer in the Battle for Leghorn. The American born Japanese, of which the 442nd Inf. Regt. consists, here are, L. to R., Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T.H., Gunner; Pfc. George Tanna, Honolulu, T.H., No. 1 ...
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-28)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-28)
Original caption: A Japanese soldier of the 7th Army, Battery A, 522nd FA, 442nd Combat Team in France, fits base plate to a 105 mm. shell after propaganda pamphlets have been inserted. A small charge of powder in the projectile blows off base plate over enemy territory, allowing leaflets to drift to ground troops below.
Nisei captain giving medical treatment (ddr-densho-114-32)
img Nisei captain giving medical treatment (ddr-densho-114-32)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Capt. George Takahashi, San Mateo, Calif., 422nd Inf. Regt., 34th Div., calms an aching tooth for Pvt. James Hoshi, Los Angeles, Calif., 522nd Field Artillery, assisted by Tec 5 Abraham Tokioka of Honolulu, T. H., who holds a flashlight. The scene is in a wine cellar of a recently evacuated German ...
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-43)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-43)
Original caption: A Japanese-American soldier of the 5th Army, France, prepares to place propaganda leaflets in head of shell, which, when exploded over enemy territory, scatters them among ground troops below. 11/9/44. Battery A, 522nd FA 442nd Combat Team.
Member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion with Italian soldier (ddr-densho-114-93)
img Member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion with Italian soldier (ddr-densho-114-93)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Tec 5 William Hirata, Honolulu, Hawaii, 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, and Lorenzo Riba, Italian soldier, Right, 11th Pack Mule Co., 34th Division, are comrades-in-arms. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944.
Nisei technicians working on calculations (ddr-densho-114-98)
img Nisei technicians working on calculations (ddr-densho-114-98)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. In the Fire Direction Center of the 522nd Field Artillery, 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, Lt. George S. Meany, Greenwich, Conn., Left, works with his Japanese American crew. In the center is T/Sgt. Shuichi, Sakamoto, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, calculating vertical control and S/Sgt. Yuki Ahaki, Modesto Calif., at the horizontal control, ...
Nisei soldier in plane (ddr-densho-114-95)
img Nisei soldier in plane (ddr-densho-114-95)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. S/Sgt. Arata Kimura, San Jose, Calif., 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, observer, Left, and Cub Pilot Lt. Joseph C. Polancii, Winnsboro, LA., (Monroe Papers) confer before taking off from a forward airstrip. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944. [The correct spelling of the location is Castellina.]
Nisei soldiers firing a cannon (ddr-densho-114-27)
img Nisei soldiers firing a cannon (ddr-densho-114-27)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Firing the 105-mm Howitzer in the Battle for Leghorn are Gunner Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T. H., and Cannoneer Pfc. George Tanna, Honolulu, T. H., American-born Japanese members of the 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944. [The correct spelling of the location is Castellina.]
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for ...
Lt. Col. Baya M. Harrison (ddr-densho-22-27)
img Lt. Col. Baya M. Harrison (ddr-densho-22-27)
Caption in album: "LT. Col. Baya M. Harrison / A practicing lawyer in civilian life. / 522md Bn C.O."
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