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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522nd Field Artillery Battalion (116)

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Soldiers training in Camp Pinedale (ddr-densho-22-427)
img Soldiers training in Camp Pinedale (ddr-densho-22-427)
Caption on front: "'6' on the move / Camp Pinedale, Fresno / 24 Aug. '44."
Two members of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion at Dachau (ddr-densho-22-430)
img Two members of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion at Dachau (ddr-densho-22-430)
Soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion standing outside of the crematorium at Dachau.
Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-79)
img Volunteers for the Military Intelligence Service (ddr-densho-22-79)
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 …
Dachau concentration camp survivor (ddr-densho-22-14)
img Dachau concentration camp survivor (ddr-densho-22-14)
This is Solly Ganor, a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp. Solly Ganor wrote a book on his experience.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 4 (August 18-25, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-29)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 4 (August 18-25, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-29)
Selected article titles: "Regulations on Documentation for Redress Payment Smoother" (p. 1), "'Vincent Chin'-Type Case Explodes in Raleigh, N.C." (pp. 1, 8), "Tri-District Convention Speech: Nakagawa Calls for Nat'l 'Nikkei Summit' in 1990" (p. 3), and "522nd Field Artillery Scouts Liberated Dachau Death Prisoners: Why a New York Judge Mobilized Jews to 'Go for Broke' on …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 17 (November 24, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 17 (November 24, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-42)
Selected article titles: "Army Military Intelligence Service School: Nisei MIS Gears for 50th Anniversary Fete in 1991" (p. 3), "Southern California Premiere Dec. 1: 'Forbidden City, USA' Due in Little Tokyo" (p. 3), "Editorial of the Pacific Citizen: The Lesson in Securing Redress" (p. 4), and "Untold Chapter of the 552nd Field Artillery: The Liberation of …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 1 (January 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 1 (January 6-19, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-1)
Selected article titles: "President Explains Board Decision to Downsize Staff" (pp. 1, 5), "Yamashita to File Federal Class-Action Suit for Marine Discrimination Victims" (p. 3), "Responding to Critics of JACL's Wartime Role--Part 2" (pp. 9, 13), "Bruyeres: A Special Experience, a Special Meaning..." (pp. 10, 13-14), and "552nd GIs Shoot Open Dachau Gates" (pp. 11, 14).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 6 (March 17-April 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-6)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 6 (March 17-April 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-6)
Selected article titles: "Campuses in Turmoil" (p. 1), "Service to Honor JA Role in Dachau Liberation of WWII" (p. 4), "March 17-18 Scheduled 'Emergency' National Board Meeting--6 Go, 10 Don't" (p. 5), and "Come-On Sense: Apology to Draft Resisters Demeans JACL" (p. 9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 12 (June 16-July 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 120, No. 12 (June 16-July 6, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-12)
Selected article titles: "Affirmative Action Programs Limited by Supreme Court" (pp. 1, 12), "JACL Opposes Cuts in Number of Legal Immigrants Allowed" (pp. 1, 5, 12), "Central California Highway to Honor 100/442nd, MIS" (p. 4), "Sgt. John Matsumoto Quiet Saga of WWII Nisei Aerial Gunner" (p. 5), and "Tracing the Jewish-Nisei Connection: Inouye, Vets Reunited with …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 11 (December, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 121, No. 11 (December, 1995) (ddr-pc-67-23)
Holiday issue organized into sections A 1-36, B 1-56, and A 37-64. Selected article titles: "Who Were the Japanese Americans?" (pp. A15-A16), "'Ethnicity: Please Check One'" (p. A18), "MIS: The Untold Stories" (pp. A34-A35, A37, A39, A41-A42), and "A Bill of Rights for Asserting a Multiracial Identity" (pp. B6-B7). The holiday issue included advertisements bought by …
Nelson Takeo Akagi Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1013-2-20)
vh Nelson Takeo Akagi Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1013-2-20)
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion's role in the rescue of the "Lost Battalion"
Arthur Nishimoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-manz-1-129-21)
vh Arthur Nishimoto Interview Segment 21 (ddr-manz-1-129-21)
Hearing about the wartime service of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 54 (ddr-densho-1000-92-54)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 54 (ddr-densho-1000-92-54)
Author Solly Ganor recalls being liberated by the 552nd Field Artillery Battalion soldier

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-92-53)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-92-53)
Israel honors the 552nd Field Artillery Battalion who helped to liberate death camp survivors

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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