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.

World War II (215)
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442nd Regimental Combat Team (1958)

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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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Soldier standing in front of statue in Milan, Italy (ddr-densho-368-251)
img Soldier standing in front of statue in Milan, Italy (ddr-densho-368-251)
Soldiers of 442nd Regimental Combat Team in front of Equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II in the Piazza del Duomo.
442nd Regimental Combat Team building in Italy (ddr-densho-368-51)
img 442nd Regimental Combat Team building in Italy (ddr-densho-368-51)
Soldier standing in front of 442nd Regimental Combat Team building in Italy
Theater building (ddr-densho-368-186)
img Theater building (ddr-densho-368-186)
Sign outside theater advertising movie "Tu seras mon Mari" with Sonja Henie and John Payne
Pool in Piazza Puccini (ddr-densho-368-76)
img Pool in Piazza Puccini (ddr-densho-368-76)
Outside of Hotel Marchionni. Written on front: "104, Viareggio/Piazza Puccini"
Small boats in port in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France (ddr-densho-368-191)
img Small boats in port in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France (ddr-densho-368-191)
Front of postcard. Printed on front: "48-St Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Le Port." Printed on back: "Editions d'Art Munier Le Voyer, Succ., 19, rue Marceu. Nice"
Arco della Vittoria in Genoa (ddr-densho-368-107)
img Arco della Vittoria in Genoa (ddr-densho-368-107)
Arco della Vittoria in plaza center. This arch, also known as Arco dei Caduti, is dedicated to the Genoese who died during World War I.
Note attached to 100th/442nd/MIS World War II Memorial Foundation letter (ddr-densho-368-256)
doc Note attached to 100th/442nd/MIS World War II Memorial Foundation letter (ddr-densho-368-256)
Written on front: Hi William - Join us so that future generations will know that the nisei were there as true patriots of this great nation. Let's show America the spirit of "H" Company while we still have time. Let's make one more effort to "Go For Broke." [illeg.] Keegan
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