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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Military service (1161)
442nd Regimental Combat Team (1987)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mark W. Clark, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, Go for Broke! (film), Stanley Hayami, Daniel Inouye, Mike Masaoka, Kazuo Masuda, Rescue of the Lost Battalion

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1987 items
Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
img Reunion of Nisei veterans (ddr-densho-14-6)
This reunion of Nisei veterans took place over Independence Day weekend.
Honor roll (ddr-densho-15-82)
img Honor roll (ddr-densho-15-82)
Japanese Americans looking at the camp's honor roll, a listing of all the Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp who volunteered for military service. Minidoka had the highest number of volunteers from the mainland United States.
Notification of a Nisei's induction into the military (ddr-densho-25-50)
doc Notification of a Nisei's induction into the military (ddr-densho-25-50)
Letter from the chaplain of the 12th training Regiment at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, to Matahichi Iseri. The letter describes Camp Robinson, where his son, Mitsuo (Mike), had been sent for military training. On January 23, 1942, the government decided to send Japanese American soldiers who were still in service to special camps in Arkansas and Alabama. …
Instructions to an Issei man regarding the burial of his son (ddr-densho-25-62)
doc Instructions to an Issei man regarding the burial of his son (ddr-densho-25-62)
Mitsuo (Mike) Iseri, son of Matahichi and Kisa Iseri, was killed in action during the war. Matahichi Iseri was instructed to fill out a form entitled "Application for Final Disposition of Remains."
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-34-34)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-34-34)
Art Koura (front row, second from the right) at army training camp.
Nisei soldier and child (ddr-densho-34-3)
img Nisei soldier and child (ddr-densho-34-3)
Harry Koba, a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and an unidentified child in Italy.
Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-34-33)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-34-33)
Left to right: Mo Nakata (backseat), unidentified, and Staff Sergeant Takeshi Nakamura.
Article:
doc Article: "These are the Japyanks" (ddr-densho-35-325)
An article written by Mike Masaoka on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Newspaper unknown.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-397)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-397)
Newspaper clippings from the Christian Science Monitor and Minidoka Irrigator, one of which is titled "Nisei Vets 'Come Back'; West Coast Bias Wanes."
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-321)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-321)
Various articles from the Minidoka Irrigator, one of which is titled "A Tribute: To Nisei Volunteers."
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-331)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-331)
Articles on Japanese American soldiers from various newspapers including the Christian Science Monitor and the Minidoka Irrigator.
Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-318)
doc Scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-318)
Article titled: "Blind Nisei." From a scrapbook page titled "Nisei in the War - The European Theater." Newspaper unknown.
Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-322)
doc Newspaper clippings from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-322)
Three articles from the Pacific Citizen, one of which is titled War Correspondent Tells Story of Shortest Soldier in Army." Two articles from Time Magazine titled "Army & Navy" and "Soldier on Intolerance."
Newspaper article from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-319)
doc Newspaper article from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-35-319)
Newspaper article titled: "G.I. Japyank." Newspaper unknown.
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