442nd Infantry Regiment (United States)
|442nd Regimental Combat Team|
442nd Infantry Regiment
Coat of Arms
|Active||August 1944–August 1946
July 1947–December 1969
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Army Reserve|
later 100th Infantry Battalion (United States)
|Motto||Go For Broke|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Korean War (Reserve status only)
|Distinctive Unit Insignia|
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Japanese: 第442連隊戦闘団) of the United States Army was a regimental size fighting unit. It was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese descent. These men volunteered to fight in World War II even though their families were subject to internment. The 442nd, beginning in 1944, fought primarily in Europe during World War II. The 442nd was a self-sufficient force. It fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and Germany. The 442nd is considered to be the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the United States Army. The 442nd was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations and twenty-one of its members were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team motto was, "Go for Broke".
Notes[change | edit source]
- "Asian-Americans i the United States Military during the Korean War". State of New Jersey. http://www.state.nj.us/military//korea/factsheets/asian.html. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry". GlobalSecurity.org. 23 May 2005. Archived from the original on 11 September 2008. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/100-442in.htm. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- "Title unknown". http://www.defense.gov/specials/medalofhonor/. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
References[change | edit source]
- Asahina, Robert. (2007). Just Americans: The Story of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II. New York: Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1-59240-300-4
- Chang, Thelma (November 1985). I Can Never Forget: Men of the 100th/442nd. Honolulu, HI: Sigi Productions. ISBN 0-9630228-0-6.
- Crost, Lyn (1994). Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific. Novato, CA: Presidio Press. ISBN 0-89141-521-1.
- Katz, Robert (August 2003). The Battle for Rome: The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope, September 1943–June 1944. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-1642-3.
- Moulin, Pierre. (1993). U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres - People of France and Japanese Americans: Incredible story Hawaii CPL Editions. ISBN 2-9599984-0-5
- Moulin, Pierre. (2007). Dachau, Holocaust and US Samurais - Nisei Soldiers first in Dachau Authorhouse Editions. ISBN 978-1-4259-3801-7
- Ready, J. Lee. (1985a). Forgotten Allies: The Military Contribution of the Colonies, Exiled Governments and Lesser Powers to the Allied Victory in World War II. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-89950-117-8.
- Ready, J. Lee (1985b). Forgotten Allies: The European Theatre. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-89950-129-1.
- Remembrances: 100th Infantry Battalion 50th Anniversary Celebration 1942-1992., 100th Infantry Battalion Publication Committee, 1992
- Shirey, Orville C. (1990). Americans: The Story of the 442d Combat Team (3 ed.). Washington: Infantry Journal Press.
- Steffen, Jordan (October 6, 2010), "White House honors Japanese American WWII veterans", The Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-veterans-medal-20101006,0,7017069.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29
- Steidl, Franz (2000). Lost Battalion. Novato: Presidio Press.
- Sterner, C. Douglas (2008). Go For Broke. Clearfield: American Legacy Historical Press.
- Go For Broke National Education Center (29 December 2005). "Colonel Young Oak Kim (U.S. Army Ret.), 86; Decorated U.S. WWII And Korean War Veteran". Press release. http://www.goforbroke.org/about_us/about_us_news_press010306.asp. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- United States Department of Defense (19 May 2000). "21 Asian American World War II Vets to Get Medal of Honor". Press release. http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45192. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
Other websites[change | edit source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: 442nd Infantry Regiment (United States)|
Official sites[change | edit source]
- 22 Asian Americans Inducted into Hall of Heroes (pentagon.mil)
- The "Go for Broke" Regiment Lives Duty, Honor, Country (defenselink.mil)
Resources[change | edit source]
- Asian-Nation: 442nd RCT Rescue of the Lost Battalion
- Go For Broke National Education Center
- The 442nd Regimental Combat Team
- 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry
- Hawaii Star Bulletin article on Hawaii Statehood passage
- "U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres" by Pierre Moulin
- The Story of the 442nd Combat Team compiled by members of the 442nd Combat Team, Mitsuye Yamada papers, Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, via Calisphere.
- "From a Quiet American, a Story of War and Remembrance". The New York Times. 16 August 2008.
- Medal of Honor recipient George Joe Sakato on Veterans Chronicles produced by the
- Japanese American Veterans Collection, Archives & Manuscripts Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Media[change | edit source]
- 442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity: Documentary Film 2010
- Valor with Honor: documentary film on the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team
- ONLY THE BRAVE Official Movie Site
- The Official Website for upcoming movie LITTLE IRON MEN about the 442nd's rescue of the Lost Battalion
- A Path to Lunch Liberation Day and the Liberation of America, the 442nd in Lunigiana and Versilia.