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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Masao Murata in uniform (ddr-manz-4-20)
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Caption: "To / Rev. Nagatomi / Sincerely yours, / Masao Murata / July 1st 1942."
Arc de triomphe (ddr-densho-466-696)
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Caption below photo on album page: Arc of Triumph (Tomb of France's unknown Soldier)
Crowd of men in stands (ddr-densho-466-82)
img Crowd of men in stands (ddr-densho-466-82)
Caption below photo on album page: Boxing Tournament in Livorno, Italy
Group sitting at banquet table (ddr-densho-466-453)
img Group sitting at banquet table (ddr-densho-466-453)
Caption on left of photo on album page: Mike Kreskowski, June Momoda, Shig Momoda, George Funai, and Isumi Nakagawa
Man standing outside building (ddr-densho-466-346)
img Man standing outside building (ddr-densho-466-346)
Caption on right of photo on album page: Katsumi Pologee[?] Matsunami
Men standing outside Mess Hall (ddr-densho-466-23)
img Men standing outside Mess Hall (ddr-densho-466-23)
Caption below photo on album page: Having coffee and donuts
Large pool (ddr-densho-466-852)
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Caption below photo on album page: Swimmin' Pool Zurich
Man kneeling by others (ddr-densho-466-657)
img Man kneeling by others (ddr-densho-466-657)
Caption below photo on album page: Calvin Murashige (Hilo Hawaii)
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