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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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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Caption on right of photo on album page: Izumi and wife
Three men and a woman at reunion (ddr-densho-466-515)
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Caption on right of photo: Izumi Nakagawa, Yoshiko Oshiro Honolulu, Myself, and Mote Tokunaga Maui
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Caption below photo on album page: Historical Clock Berne
Three men sitting at a table (ddr-densho-466-474)
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Caption on right of photo on album page: Sab Itakura Kalaheo, HI
Three men under a banner (ddr-densho-466-498)
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Banner: Aloha Co. I 442 Veterans, Spearheaded Rescue of the "Lost Battalion"
Cross with flowers (ddr-densho-466-687)
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Caption below photo on album page: Grave of George Ikeda (Honolulu)
Couple standing (ddr-densho-466-717)
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Caption below photo on album page: Jackie Izumi & Wife
Couple sitting at a table (ddr-densho-466-492)
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Caption on left of photo on album page: Suguru Takahashi & wife Betty
Women Red Cross workers in truck (ddr-densho-466-104)
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Caption below photo on album page: Laurie, Francie, Harriet, Ollie
Man laying on base of monument smoking a pipe (ddr-densho-466-356)
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Caption below photo on album page: Tad Mayeda. Photo partially obscured by adjacent photo
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