Category Archives: NISEI

Mount Belvedere – The Battle of the Gothic Line in 1944.

 From Battlefront – WWII: Road To Victory

Background on the 442nd at Wikipedia  Includes their other achievements as well as action at the Gothic Line.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is an infantry regiment of the United States Army, part of the Army Reserve. The regiment was a fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II,[2] in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany.

The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare.  The 4,000 men who initially made up the unit in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2 times. In total, about 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (five earned in one month).[4]:201 Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor.[2] Its motto was “Go for Broke”.

President Truman salutes the colors of the combined 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, during the presentation of the seventh Presidential Unit Citation. The Regimental Combat Team (less the 552d Field Artillery Battalion) received the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding accomplishments in combat in the vicinty of Serravezza, Carrara, and Fosdinovo, Italy, from April 5 to April 14, 1945.   Date – 12 July 1946

Source http://www.history.army.mil/html/topics/apam/100-442_photos.html

442nd Infantry Regiment DUI.png  Unit Insignia

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Honoring a Japanese American WWII Veteran on Veterans Day

Courtesy of International Historical Research Associates-

YouTube video, posted by Heather Wokusch, a 2012 interview with Kazuo “Fred” Yamaguchi, who served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service.

Published on Sep 25, 2012

“American Heroes” Documentary – ABC-TV
In December, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The US was at war. Americans of Japanese Decent suddenly found themselves labeled “Enemy Alien”. Over 100,000 were rounded up and forced into Relocation Camps. Despite this indecency, something remarkable began to take shape.

Out of the despair, grew a resolve within the Japanese American community. A desire to prove their loyalty to the United States. From behind the barbed wire, young men volunteered for military service by the thousands. The US Army put them in their own segregated unit, combining them with young men from Hawaii, who also had something to prove. Together they formed the 100th infantry battalion…the beginning of what would soon evolve into the 100th/442nd/MIS.

By the end of the war, they became the most decorated unit in US military history. But, more importantly, they helped change the world. History books, shamefully, omit their incredible contributions. “American Heroes” shines light on the brave, patriotic legacy of The Japanese-American Soldier of World War Two.

Produced by David Ono & Jeff MacIntyre/Content Media Group
The show won three Emmy Awards.
2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winner

From The History Channel: