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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Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-134)
img Three Japanese American soldiers (ddr-densho-201-134)
Three Japanese American soldiers outside a tent. Caption on reverse: "Kurokazu, Izuka, Abe."
img "On guard (bayonet drill)" (ddr-densho-201-216)
Japanese American soldier pointing a bayonet on guard. Caption on reverse: "On guard (bayonet drill), 4-12-42."
img "Kenichi Hirabara 'Wanda'" (ddr-densho-201-289)
Japanese American soldier sitting on a stoop. Caption on front: "Kenichi Hirabara 'Wanda'."
img "Brother Matsuo" (ddr-densho-201-309)
Japanese American soldier posed on porch. Caption on front: "Brother Matsuo."
Soldiers in front of P.B.S. Enlisted Men's Hotel (ddr-densho-201-266)
img Soldiers in front of P.B.S. Enlisted Men's Hotel (ddr-densho-201-266)
Two Japanese American soldiers in front of Maestoso ["Majestic"] P.B.S. Enlisted Men's Hotel. Caption on front: "Jim & I at Majestic Hotel."
Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-649)
img Soldiers going home (ddr-densho-201-649)
Caption in album: "442nd going home / June, 1946 / Roy Fujihara 'Butta.'"
Soldier in front of
img Soldier in front of "Sporthaus" (ddr-densho-201-188)
Soldier standing in front of a building that says "Sporthaus" ("sports house" or "sports shop") beside a sign written primarily in German designating maps and locations. Part of the Joch Pass, a mountain pass that runs through the Uri Alps in Switzerland.
Japanese American soldier in Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-185)
img Japanese American soldier in Uri Alps, Switzerland (ddr-densho-201-185)
Japanese American soldier standing in front of a sign written primarily in German designating maps and locations. Part of the Joch Pass, a mountain pass that runs through the Uri Alps in Switzerland.
img "Ducal Palace clock tower Venice" (ddr-densho-201-61)
Japanese American soldier posed outside of the Ducal Palace clock tower in Venice, Italy. Caption on reverse: "Ducal Palace clock tower Venice."
Soldier relaxing on the beach (ddr-densho-201-642)
img Soldier relaxing on the beach (ddr-densho-201-642)
Caption in album: "Noboru Sakguchi / Terminal Is. California."
Group of soldiers (ddr-densho-201-528)
img Group of soldiers (ddr-densho-201-528)
Back row, left to right: Mitsu Yoshimura, Tsusaka, Naganuma, Geo. Fujino, Tsukashima, Pete Tanda. Front row, left to right: Watanabe, Sakaida, Asato, "Rich" Egami."
Seven Japanese American soldiers posed (ddr-densho-201-371)
img Seven Japanese American soldiers posed (ddr-densho-201-371)
Caption on front: "Manbu Hongo, Kazuo Izuka, Eddie Iwataki, Takashi Okamoto, Geo Abe, Tom Kobayaka, [?] Eguchi."
442nd RCT returning home (ddr-densho-201-23)
img 442nd RCT returning home (ddr-densho-201-23)
442nd Regimental Combat Team aboard the Wilson victory ship.
Tosh Tanemura and Masao Sakagami at Rockefeller Center (ddr-densho-201-776)
img Tosh Tanemura and Masao Sakagami at Rockefeller Center (ddr-densho-201-776)
Caption in album: "Tosh Tanemura (Seattle), Me [Masao Sakagami] / Top of Rockefellow [sic] Bld. 'Central Park.'"
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