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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Two men sitting at a table (ddr-densho-466-469)
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Caption on left of photo on album page: Lloyd Fujitani Acampo, CA
Street and large department store (ddr-densho-466-827)
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Caption below photo on album page: Jelmoli's Dept. Store Zurich, Switzerland
Three men in uniform (ddr-densho-466-337)
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Caption below photo on album page: Mas Iso / Nick Nakano
Three men (ddr-densho-466-525)
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Caption on bottom of photo: Kash and Sab Itakura
Brown leather photo album (ddr-densho-466-1)
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Brown album with gold decorative border. Album document's Kim Muramoto's experiences in Eroupe in 1946 and his leave to America.
Group photo (ddr-densho-466-589)
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Caption below photo on album page: Vagas (sic) 1999
Group sitting at table (ddr-densho-466-463)
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Caption on left of photo on album page: Tom Watanuki with daughter
Woman serving coffee to soldiers (ddr-densho-466-720)
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Caption below photo on album page: Serving Coffee & Donuts
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