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.

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522nd Field Artillery Battalion (56)

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Nisei technicians working on calculations (ddr-densho-114-98)
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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 ...
Susumu Ito Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-29-20)
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Psychology of war and killing: military propaganda

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 ...

Susumu Ito Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-29-15)
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Relations between Hawaiian and mainland GIs, developing camaraderie and respect

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 ...

522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-28)
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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.
Susumu Ito Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-29-10)
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Memories of basic training

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 ...

Susumu Ito Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-29-12)
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Being asked to help interrogate Issei after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Susumu Ito Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-29-16)
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Attitude toward the risks of war

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 ...

Susumu Ito Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-29-14)
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Signing up for artillery duty

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 ...

Susumu Ito Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-29-9)
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Feeling happy to be drafted

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 ...

Article from The Jerusalem Post (ddr-densho-22-10)
doc Article from The Jerusalem Post (ddr-densho-22-10)
Article published in the Jerusalem Post. In 1992, a reunion was held in Jerusalem, Israel which brought together soldiers from the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the people they liberated from Dachau concentration camp. There are a few errors in this article. First, the correct designation is the 522nd, not the 526th, Field Artillery Battalion, Second ...
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 54 (ddr-densho-1000-92-54)
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Author Solly Ganor recalls being liberated by the 552nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier

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

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.]
Arthur Nishimoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-manz-1-129-21)
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Hearing about the wartime service of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion
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).
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 ...
Virgil W. Westdale Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-280-25)
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Joining the Fire Direction Center with the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion
Susumu Ito Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-29-19)
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Memories of a particular mission, reflections on the psychology of war

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 ...

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