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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Portrait of Tad Mayeda (ddr-densho-466-336)
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Inscription on photo: Kim: The last and smallest of the Mayedas your pal Tad. Caption below photo on album page:Tad Mayeda
Men standing by tents (ddr-densho-466-650)
img Men standing by tents (ddr-densho-466-650)
Caption below photo on album page: That d-- rainstorm!
Men on board ship (ddr-densho-466-161)
img Men on board ship (ddr-densho-466-161)
Caption below photo on album page: Mid-Atlantic
Two men outside tents (ddr-densho-466-120)
img Two men outside tents (ddr-densho-466-120)
Caption below photo on album page: Ed Mayeda Paul Yago
Five men eating (ddr-densho-466-312)
img Five men eating (ddr-densho-466-312)
Caption on photo: Gramps KIA Man eating with a shovel is Yoshio "Gramps" Iwamasa.
Men standing in formation in square (ddr-densho-466-84)
img Men standing in formation in square (ddr-densho-466-84)
Caption below photo on album page: Citation Parade - April, 1946 Leghorn
Man and woman standing on rooftop (ddr-densho-466-829)
img Man and woman standing on rooftop (ddr-densho-466-829)
Caption below three photos on album page: Stop off in Milano - Hmmm ---Bella Agnioletta
Woman walking through square (ddr-densho-466-116)
img Woman walking through square (ddr-densho-466-116)
Caption below photo on album page: Signorina, Viene Que!
Man sitting on boulders (ddr-densho-466-877)
img Man sitting on boulders (ddr-densho-466-877)
Caption below photo on album page: "Dad". Likely Gunzaburo Muromoto
Building with large statue and tents in front (ddr-densho-466-69)
img Building with large statue and tents in front (ddr-densho-466-69)
Caption below photo on album page: 7th Repple-Depple - Naples (Replacement Depot)
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