522nd Field Artillery Battalion

The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was known for its outstanding firing speed and accuracy. Many of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion men had backgrounds in science and engineering. They needed strong mathematical skills to calculate target distance, gun range, gun angle, and powder strength. In 1945, the 522nd was sent separately to Germany to pursue the hastily retreating German troops. They unknowingly stumbled into the sub-camps of the infamous Dachau death camp and helped to free survivors.

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Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
img Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-37-343)
Original caption: Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T.H., Gunner, No. 1 Cannoneer; Pvt. Suehiko Yoshida, Puunene, T.H., No. 2 Cannoneer; and Pfc. Mamoru Yonashiro, Oahu, T.H., Telephone Operator, all of [the] 522nd Field Artillery, 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Div., L to R, are at a 105-mm howitzer firing at the enemy in the battle for Leghorn, Italy. …
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-28)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-28)
Original caption: A Japanese soldier of the 7th Army, Battery A, 522nd FA, 442nd Combat Team in France, fits base plate to a 105 mm. shell after propaganda pamphlets have been inserted. A small charge of powder in the projectile blows off base plate over enemy territory, allowing leaflets to drift to ground troops below.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers (ddr-densho-114-87)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers (ddr-densho-114-87)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Men of the 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Infantry Regt., 34th Division, are firing a 105-MM Howitzer in the Battle for Leghorn. The American born Japanese, of which the 442nd Inf. Regt. consists, here are, L. to R., Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T.H., Gunner; Pfc. George Tanna, Honolulu, T.H., No. 1 …
Nisei captain giving medical treatment (ddr-densho-114-32)
img Nisei captain giving medical treatment (ddr-densho-114-32)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Capt. George Takahashi, San Mateo, Calif., 422nd Inf. Regt., 34th Div., calms an aching tooth for Pvt. James Hoshi, Los Angeles, Calif., 522nd Field Artillery, assisted by Tec 5 Abraham Tokioka of Honolulu, T. H., who holds a flashlight. The scene is in a wine cellar of a recently evacuated German …
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-43)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier (ddr-densho-114-43)
Original caption: A Japanese-American soldier of the 5th Army, France, prepares to place propaganda leaflets in head of shell, which, when exploded over enemy territory, scatters them among ground troops below. 11/9/44. Battery A, 522nd FA 442nd Combat Team.
Member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion with Italian soldier (ddr-densho-114-93)
img Member of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion with Italian soldier (ddr-densho-114-93)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Tec 5 William Hirata, Honolulu, Hawaii, 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, and Lorenzo Riba, Italian soldier, Right, 11th Pack Mule Co., 34th Division, are comrades-in-arms. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944.
Nisei technicians working on calculations (ddr-densho-114-98)
img Nisei technicians working on calculations (ddr-densho-114-98)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. In the Fire Direction Center of the 522nd Field Artillery, 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, Lt. George S. Meany, Greenwich, Conn., Left, works with his Japanese American crew. In the center is T/Sgt. Shuichi, Sakamoto, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, calculating vertical control and S/Sgt. Yuki Ahaki, Modesto Calif., at the horizontal control, …
Nisei soldier in plane (ddr-densho-114-95)
img Nisei soldier in plane (ddr-densho-114-95)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. S/Sgt. Arata Kimura, San Jose, Calif., 522nd Field Artillery Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division, observer, Left, and Cub Pilot Lt. Joseph C. Polancii, Winnsboro, LA., (Monroe Papers) confer before taking off from a forward airstrip. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944. [The correct spelling of the location is Castellina.]
Nisei soldiers firing a cannon (ddr-densho-114-27)
img Nisei soldiers firing a cannon (ddr-densho-114-27)
Original caption: Castrellina Sector, Italy. Firing the 105-mm Howitzer in the Battle for Leghorn are Gunner Cpl. Edward Nakamura, Honolulu, T. H., and Cannoneer Pfc. George Tanna, Honolulu, T. H., American-born Japanese members of the 442nd Inf. Regt., 34th Division. U.S. Fifth Army. 12 July 1944. [The correct spelling of the location is Castellina.]
Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
doc Mamoru Masuda interview (ddr-csujad-6-21)
Oral history interview with Mamoru Masuda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MASUDA_MAMORU
Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
doc Go for Broke, 1943-1993 (ddr-csujad-1-207)
A booklet published to "commemorate the observance of the 50th Golden Anniversary of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), and attempts to highlight the Go for Broke tradition of the men of the 442nd." Articles record accounts of Nisei veterans from various military companies. The articles cover the time from the formation of the 442nd Regimental …
Jeep in 442nd RCT exhibit at Smithsonian (ddr-densho-368-259)
img Jeep in 442nd RCT exhibit at Smithsonian (ddr-densho-368-259)
Written on back: 442 Exhibit at the American History Museum at the Smithsonian Museum.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-132)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion at the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-132)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion posing at Hitler's retreat near Berchtesgaden, known as the Eagle's Nest in English and Kehlsteinhaus in German.
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-77)
Caption in album: "Volunteers please / Just prior to V-J day came a survey of Volunteers was made for the Camp Savage (later Fort Snelling) language school for men to ship to go to school and on to Japan to fight. Here the two above photos show as the volunteers were made ready to leave for …
Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-138)
img Survivors of the Dachau death march (ddr-densho-22-138)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated Dachau death march prisoners near the town of Waakirchen.
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-66)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers departing (ddr-densho-22-66)
Caption in album: "522nd FA Bn. Donauworth / As all good things must, end came by the point system the old timers made a departure for a well deserved home and a discharge. The new reinforcements and all the law pointers were."
522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers looking out from the interior of the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-133)
img 522nd Field Artillery Battalion soldiers looking out from the interior of the Eagle's Nest / Kehlsteinhaus (ddr-densho-22-133)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion posing at Hitler's retreat near Berchtesgaden, known as the Eagle's Nest in English and Kehlsteinhaus in German.
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