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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442nd Regimental Combat Team (1906)

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1906 items
Soldiers standing in front of St. Paul's Cathedral (ddr-densho-368-45)
img Soldiers standing in front of St. Paul's Cathedral (ddr-densho-368-45)
Soldiers of 442nd Regimental Combat Team\nWritten on back: "St. Peter's Cathedral/Vatican City/ Rome"
Piazza della Vittoria in Genoa (ddr-densho-368-105)
img Piazza della Vittoria in Genoa (ddr-densho-368-105)
Arco della Vittoria in plaza center. This arch, also known as Arco dei Caduti, is dedicated to the Genoese who died during World War I.
Group of soldiers near tent (ddr-densho-368-265)
img Group of soldiers near tent (ddr-densho-368-265)
Caption: Waiting in staging area (Marseilles, France) for transportation to Italy. From left to right: Homer Takahashi, William Iino, Unknown, Tom Hatsukano
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