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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Letters from Makoto Okine to Seiichi and Dorothy Okine, January 26, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-127)
doc Letters from Makoto Okine to Seiichi and Dorothy Okine, January 26, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-127)
Contains two letters written by Makoto Okine along with an envelope. He writes to his father and sister, Seiichi and Dorothy Okine separately, encloses the two letters into the same envelope, and mails to Seiichi Okine's place in Hawthorne, California. The letters are written in Leghorn, Italy where Makoto Okine is stationed as a U.S. Army …
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, March 26, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-191)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, March 26, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-191)
A letter from Makoto Okine to his father, Seiichi Okine. He writes from Italy where he is stationed as a Nisei solder. The letter is mailed via New York by the U.S. Army Postal Service. In the letter, he explains how Seiichi would receive 25.00 dollars of the military family allowance monthly. The government deducts 25.00 …
Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay (ddr-csujad-5-141)
doc Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay (ddr-csujad-5-141)
Acknowledgement of Class E allotment of pay issued by Army Service Forces, Office of the Fiscal Director. It addresses Dorothy Ai Okine and notifies of the monthly amount available from April 15, 1946. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_63_001
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, August 16, 1946 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-156)
A letter from Masao Okine who is stationed in Yokohama, Japan as a Nisei soldier to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. This letter is mailed via San Francisco by the U.S. Postal Service. In the letter, he describes his work and daily routine in Japan. He has been transferred from Tokyo to Yokohama and his …
Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, September 24, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-109)
doc Letter from Makoto Okine to Mr. S. Okine, September 24, 1945 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-109)
A letter from Makoto Okine who is probably stationed in Italy as a U.S. military soldier to his father, Seiichi Okine in the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas. He describes his vacation, staying in a hotel and eating at a restaurant. He states that he has not had a chance to sleep in a bed with sheets …
Letter from Hatsuno Hotty Okine to State Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, November 28, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-104)
doc Letter from Hatsuno Hotty Okine to State Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, November 28, 1945 (ddr-csujad-5-104)
A draft of a letter written by Hatsuno Hotty Okine to inquire the status of her request for copies of Masao Okine's birth certificate. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_34_001
Western Union telegraph from Makoto Okine to S. Okine. August 20, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-157)
doc Western Union telegraph from Makoto Okine to S. Okine. August 20, 1946 (ddr-csujad-5-157)
A Western Union telegram from Makoto Okine to his father Seiichi Okine in Whittier, California. It notifies of Makoto's arrival to Beale Air Force Base, California from Europe where he has been stationed as a Nisei soldier. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_07_001
Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, March 30, 1946, [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-189)
doc Letter from Masao Okine to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, March 30, 1946, [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-189)
A letter from Masao Okine to his parents, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. He writes from Japan where he is stationed as a Nisei soldier. In the letter, he writes about his duties in Japan, driving a truck. He also writes about the illness of his brother, Makoto, who is also stationed in Italy as a Nisei …
Memorial Tech. Sgt. George Z. Akiyama Company F, 442nd R. C. T. (ddr-csujad-55-79)
doc Memorial Tech. Sgt. George Z. Akiyama Company F, 442nd R. C. T. (ddr-csujad-55-79)
Funeral program for Technical Sergeant George Z. Akiyama, Company F, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who was killed in action on July 3, 1944 in Castellino, Italy. Funeral service was organized by Nisei post 8985, V. F. W. and held at the Buddhist church in Sacramento, California. Program includes names of participants and schedule of church and …
442nd Regimental Combat Team memorial speech (ddr-csujad-55-2461)
doc 442nd Regimental Combat Team memorial speech (ddr-csujad-55-2461)
Speech given by Governor of California Pete Wilson at a ceremony recognizing the 442nd Regimental Combat Team's heroic service during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2567
Original members E. Co. (ddr-csujad-55-1281)
doc Original members E. Co. (ddr-csujad-55-1281)
Handwritten list of original members of the "E. Company." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1283
E. Company (ddr-csujad-55-1284)
doc E. Company (ddr-csujad-55-1284)
Handwritten list of names of the "E. Company." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1286
With Hawaii's AJA boys at Camp Shelby, Mississippi (ddr-csujad-55-353)
doc With Hawaii's AJA boys at Camp Shelby, Mississippi (ddr-csujad-55-353)
Pamphlet coving the 442nd Infantry Combat Team at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Covers training, activities, individuals, and daily life at Camp Shelby. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0355
Special orders, no. 159 (July 4, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-175)
doc Special orders, no. 159 (July 4, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-175)
Special Orders from the Infantry Replacement Training Center including a list of individuals reporting for the 442 Infantry Regiment. Issued by Infantry Replacement Training Center, Camp Blanding, Florida. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0177
Proclamation (ddr-csujad-55-2462)
doc Proclamation (ddr-csujad-55-2462)
Proclamation for Assembly Concurrent Resolution 62 regarding the naming of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial Highway near Stockton, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2568
Information for November 7, 1995 Poston ceremony (ddr-csujad-55-81)
doc Information for November 7, 1995 Poston ceremony (ddr-csujad-55-81)
Form including biographical information about Abraham Ohama, created for the purpose of a memorial service held in observance of the 50th anniversary of the closure of Poston incarceration camp. Form includes information about Ohama's work, military service, and awards. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00085
442nd R.C.T. veterans confined in stateside hospital, 1945-47 (ddr-csujad-55-1283)
doc 442nd R.C.T. veterans confined in stateside hospital, 1945-47 (ddr-csujad-55-1283)
Handwritten list of the names of veterans from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team confined in a stateside hospital. Includes names of hospitals and veteran patients. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1285
Letter from Paul L. Offenhiser to Mrs. Hana Ohama, March 30, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-80)
doc Letter from Paul L. Offenhiser to Mrs. Hana Ohama, March 30, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-80)
Handwritten correspondence from Paul L. Offenhiser to Mrs. Hana Ohama regarding the recent death of her son, Abraham Ohama, who was killed in action on October 20, 1944 near Bruyeres, France while serving as a Technical Sergeant with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division. Offenhiser expresses sympathy for …
Overseas gift packages received, 1944-45 (ddr-csujad-55-1282)
doc Overseas gift packages received, 1944-45 (ddr-csujad-55-1282)
Handwritten list of gift packages received from overseas with names of recipients and a brief description of items received. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1284
Letter from the Department of the Army to William I. Sakai, April 13, 1953 (ddr-csujad-55-173)
doc Letter from the Department of the Army to William I. Sakai, April 13, 1953 (ddr-csujad-55-173)
Correspondence from the Department of the Army, Office of the Adjutant-General to William I. Sakai regarding Sakai's award of the Bronze Star Medal, "for exemplary conduct in ground combat against the armed enemy during the Rhineland Campaign in the European Theater of Operations, while assigned as First Sergeant, 442nd Infantry Regiment." See this object in the …
Obituary, Harry Fumio Madokoro (ddr-csujad-55-1830)
doc Obituary, Harry Fumio Madokoro (ddr-csujad-55-1830)
Posthumous award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry Fumio Madokoro, Private First Class, Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division for extraordinary heroism in military operations. Madokoro was drafted from Poston incarceration camp and was killed in action in Italy during World War II. See this object in the California State …
Personal notes of Winston I. Nakagawa (aka
doc Personal notes of Winston I. Nakagawa (aka "Bill") (ddr-csujad-55-1280)
Personal handwritten notes covering the day-to-day operations of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, German weapons, ammunitions, tactics, and methods; and charts for various military divisions. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1282
Story of the 442nd Combat Team (ddr-csujad-55-352)
doc Story of the 442nd Combat Team (ddr-csujad-55-352)
Pamphlet on the history, activation, training, and battles of the 442nd Combat Team, composed of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, and 232nd Combat Engineer Company. Includes maps and photographs. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0354
Proclamation (ddr-csujad-55-2463)
doc Proclamation (ddr-csujad-55-2463)
Proclamation made during the 47th annual reunion of the 34th Infantry Division Association, including the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2569
Divine service (ddr-csujad-55-77)
doc Divine service (ddr-csujad-55-77)
Program for worship service for the 442nd Combat Team at Camp Shelby. Services were held during a visit from incarcerees from the Rohwer and Jerome incarceration camps. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_00081
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