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 (1987)

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Nisei soldier doing laundry (ddr-densho-114-20)
img Nisei soldier doing laundry (ddr-densho-114-20)
Original caption: Charmois Area, France. Americans of Japanese descent of the 442nd Combat Team, 100th Inf. Bn., in bivouac prepare to go into the front lines for their first contact with the Germans in France. Here Pfc. Billy S. Takaezu, 1254 Hall St., Honolulu, hangs out his laundry to dry. U.S. Seventh Army. 12 October 1944.
Award ceremony (ddr-densho-114-67)
img Award ceremony (ddr-densho-114-67)
Original caption: Lt. Gen. Lucian K Truscott, Jr., CG, U.S. Fifth Army, salutes after fastening the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation Banner to the guidon of Co. L, 3rd Bn., 442nd Japanese-American Combat Team, at a ceremony at Leghorn, Italy. 9/4/45.
442nd Regimental Combat Team training (ddr-densho-114-115)
img 442nd Regimental Combat Team training (ddr-densho-114-115)
Original caption: Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Japanese-American Combat Team. At Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Americans of Japanese ancestry from California, Hawaii and other areas are undergoing intensive training as an Army combat team. One group of Japanese Americans has already gone and seen action in the Mediterranean Theatre. These pictures show some of the phases of the training …
A mother receiving posthumous award (ddr-densho-114-147)
img A mother receiving posthumous award (ddr-densho-114-147)
Original caption: Honolulu, T.H. Mrs. Risaku Kanaya is presented the Silver Star Medal posthumously awarded her son, Pvt. Walter E. Kanaya, for gallantry in action near Bruyeres, France, 17 October 1944, with the 2nd Bn., 442nd Infantry, as Mr. Kanaya stands with her. Chaplain (Colonel) Corwin H. Olds, CPBC, makes the presentation at 1521 Young St., …
Nisei soldiers in jeep (ddr-densho-114-88)
img Nisei soldiers in jeep (ddr-densho-114-88)
Original caption: FRANCE. A jeep mounted with a heavy machine gun battles the mud of a French road as it pulls a trailer. Japanese-American troops of the 2nd Bn. 442nd Combat Team, fight in France. 13 October 1944.
Wounded Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-118-4)
img Wounded Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-118-4)
Tosh Yasutake is at the 45th General Hospital in Napoli, Italy.
Letter from Guyo Tajiri to Clifford Uyeda (ddr-densho-338-178)
doc Letter from Guyo Tajiri to Clifford Uyeda (ddr-densho-338-178)
A letter where Guyo Tajiri tells Clifford Uyeda about the effort Larry and Ruth Hall made to have a memorial placed in Bruyeres to commemorate the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Correspondence and clippings regarding donation of an article (ddr-densho-338-136)
doc Correspondence and clippings regarding donation of an article (ddr-densho-338-136)
Correspondence between the National Japanese American Historical Society and Guyo Tajiri regarding her donation of a 1947 Pacific Citizen article titled: "A French Town Remembers Its Nisei Liberators."
T/Sgt. Tom Nagata (ddr-densho-338-195)
img T/Sgt. Tom Nagata (ddr-densho-338-195)
Caption on reverse: "T/SGT Tom Nagata / Pacific Citizen / Japanese-American Citizen's League / Salt Lake City, Utah."
Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-2)
img Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-2)
Portrait of Fred Shiosaki in uniform; a brief note for home is written on the back around Christmastime. Mr. Shiosaki was fighting in France at the time.
World War II veteran (ddr-densho-323-5)
img World War II veteran (ddr-densho-323-5)
Fred Shiosaki stands alone next to an old photo of himself during the war with fellow soldiers.
Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-1)
img Soldier portrait (ddr-densho-323-1)
Portrait of Fred Shiosaki in uniform; a brief note for home is written on the front to his parents, and the date is written on the back.
Brother and sister (ddr-densho-348-7)
img Brother and sister (ddr-densho-348-7)
Imelda and Chuck Kinoshita in Minidoka concentration camp. Imelda had returned from the East Coast to attend their brother Francis "Bako" Kinoshita's funeral.
Four sisters (ddr-densho-348-8)
img Four sisters (ddr-densho-348-8)
Four sisters, Mary, Imelda, Mary Jane, and Irene who all returned to Minidoka concentration camp from the East Coast for their brother Francis "Bako" Kinoshita's funeral.
Fred Suyekichi and Akino Kinoshita receiving a flag (ddr-densho-348-12)
img Fred Suyekichi and Akino Kinoshita receiving a flag (ddr-densho-348-12)
Fred Suyekichi and Akino Kinoshita (center and left) receive a flag in honor of their son Staff Sergeant Francis "Bako" Kinoshita, killed in action in World War II, accompanied by a family friend (right).
Jim Tateoka and Masao Sakagami in Europe (ddr-densho-328-61)
img Jim Tateoka and Masao Sakagami in Europe (ddr-densho-328-61)
Caption in album: "Overseas Snaps / 1944 / Jim Tateoka and / Masa."
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