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The 442nd Infantry Regiment of World War II was comprised mostly of Japanese born Americans (Nisei). Their motto was "Go For Broke" and that they did. The 442nd is the most decorated regiment in the history of the United States military with:

  • 21 Medal of Honor
  • 8 Presidential Citations
  • 52 Distinguished Service Cross
  • 1 Distinguished Service Medal
  • 560 Silver Stars
  • 22 Legion of Merit Medals
  • 15 Soldier's Medals
  • 4,000 Bronze Stars
  • 9,486 Purple Hearts
  • Congressional Gold Medal

This regiment played a critical role during the War in many locations throughout the War including rescuing the "Lost Battalion" where they in order to rescue 200 American soldiers to freeing Jewish prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Battalion fought in 5 major battle campaigns:

Mediterranean Theater of Operations

  • Naples-Foggia Campaign: September 1943 to January 1944 (100th Battalion)
  • Rome-Arno Campaign: January 25, 1944 to September 1944 (100th Battalion, 442nd RCT)

European Theater of Operations

  • Rhineland Campaign-Vosges: October 10, 1944 to November 1944
  • Rhineland Campaign-Maritime Alps: November 21, 1944 to March 17, 1945

Mediterranean Theater of Operations

    Northern Appennines Campaign: April 1-4, 1945 (442nd Regiment less 522nd FAB) Po Valley Campaign: April 5, 1945 to May 5, 1945 (442nd Regiment less 522nd FAB)

Other Campaigns

  • Southern France Campaign: August 15, 1944 to September 14, 1944 (Anti-Tank Co., 442nd RCT)
  • Central Europe Campaign: March 22, 1944 to May 11, 1945 (522nd Field Artillery Battalion)

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