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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img "Bows Out in Blaze of Glory" (ddr-densho-201-225)
Caption on front: "Bows Out In Blaze of Glory." Caption on side: "C. Company, Cpt. Walter Johnson, 1st Lt. Anthony Deluca, 1st Lt. Samuel Leibitz, 1st Lt. Bert Tanaka. Kenge Sakagami, Imoto, Omoto, Urada, Shikuma, Takahashi, Bob Sato, C. Co 442nd?"
Soldier in front of building in rubble (ddr-densho-201-115)
img Soldier in front of building in rubble (ddr-densho-201-115)
Soldier standing in front of the rubble of a building. Caption on reverse: "Cassa-ca-put."
Japanese American soldier at Pisa Tower (ddr-densho-201-94)
img Japanese American soldier at Pisa Tower (ddr-densho-201-94)
Japanese American soldier standing in front of a bell at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. Caption on reverse: "Jim Tateoka, Pisa Tower."
USO show (ddr-densho-201-556)
img USO show (ddr-densho-201-556)
Caption in album: "USO Show / Went to see U.S.O. show in Milan Italy / Hello 'Duffy.'"
Soldier sitting on the deck of a ship (ddr-densho-201-818)
img Soldier sitting on the deck of a ship (ddr-densho-201-818)
Caption in album: "General' Kumaki / L.A. California." Soldiers on a ship taking them back to the United States.
Soldiers returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-772)
img Soldiers returning to the United States (ddr-densho-201-772)
Caption on front: "Welcome home / well done." Caption in album: "Greetings to boys coming home."
Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
img Soldier looking at olive grove (ddr-densho-201-446)
Silhouette of a soldier looking out over what appears to be an olive grove.
doc "Swiss-tour C I" schedule (ddr-densho-201-411)
Schedule for the "Swiss-tour C I; United States Forces; Meditteranean Theater of Operations | U.S. Army; Leave-Action in Switzerland."
img "Laverne Kurahara twin brother of Conrad" (ddr-densho-201-318)
Soldier standing in front of building. Signature on front: "[To] Sakagami, your buddy [illegible] Laverne." Caption below photograph: "Laverne Kurahara twin brother of Conrad."
img "Mits Sakurada" at Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center (ddr-densho-201-273)
Japanese American soldier sitting in front of a "U.S. Army Rest Center" sign at the base of an obelisk that reads "MVSSOLINI DVX" (entirety of obelisk not visible in this photograph) at the Mussolini Forum U.S. Army Rest Center. Caption on front: "Mits Sakurada."
img "Parade in Livorno Italy 1946" (ddr-densho-201-223)
Caption on front: "442 Infrantry [sic] Regiment Gives Final Parade." Caption on side: "Parade in Livorno Italy 1946."