EUCMH-005 – (100/442-RCT) Nisei – Italy – 1944-1945

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The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was organized on March 23, 1943, after more than a year during which Americans of Japanese descent were declared enemy aliens, 4-C, by the U.S. War Department. It had taken all that time plus several key events to convince the Roosevelt Administration that these men should be allowed to enter combat for their country. Eventually, the 442nd, bolstered by the combat-hardened 100th Infantry Battalion, comprised of Japanese American draftees from Hawaii, became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service.


A group of five Hawaiian-American soldiers of the 100/442-IR (attached to the US 34-ID) move up in the battle for Leghorn in a captured German Schwimmwagen. American born Japanese composing the 442-IR have established an outstanding record with the international 5-A – educated in West Coast schools, and numbering skilled technicians and professionals, it is a self-dependent unit highly respected by fighting men on the Italian front. Castellina Sector, Italy, July 12, 1944. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Wireman Gordon Kadowaki. It was a sad time for us to see our friends we slept and fought together with leave. But they earned it most of them being in the army from four to six years, and fought from Salerno on. It was a sad place with new replacements in their place. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

(Above and Bellow) Pontoon bridge across the Po River. On our way to Ghedi we crossed this bridge some 1/4 mile long. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)


Members of the 442-RCT are going home : Marshall, Higa, Fukuda, Monzuke. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Castellina Sector, Italy. T/5 William Hirata, Honolulu, Hawaii, 522-FAB, 442-RCT and Lorenzo Riba, Italian soldier, 11th Pack Mule Company, 34-ID, are comrades-in-arms. US 5-A. July 12 1944. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Castellina Sector, Italy. At an aid station in a wine cellar, Capt J. Kimura of Berkeley, California, lances an infected finger for Pvt Claude Lunn of Willsville, New York, right, while T/5 George Kobayashi of Honolulu, T.H., holds a flashlight. All are of the 442-RCT. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Italy, 442-RCT, troops of Japanese ancestry ride jeep patrol through the streets of Leghorn, Italy. 5-A, July 19 1944. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Brescia Area, Italy. Pfc Yoshito, Hilo, Hawaii, Love Co, 3/442-RCT, stands guard at the headquarters building of the 5-A enemy concentration area. He is an American of Japanese descent. May 21 1945. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

Brescia Area, Italy. Pvt Akira Miyamoto, Charlie Co, 1/442-RCT, examines a German soldier at the 5-A enemy concentration area, near Brescia. May 18 1945. (US Army – Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee)

 

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