";s:4:"text";s:2134:"The Museum’s Collections document the fate of Holocaust victims, survivors, rescuers, liberators, and others through artifacts, documents, photos, films, books, personal stories, and more.Search below to view digital records and find material that you can access at our library and at the Shapell Center. Some volunteered from Hawaii, others from the ten relocation centers on the mainland. All known 442nd RCT soldiers The following is a list of all known soldiers of the 442nd and affiliated units. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, was known as “Go for Broke.” Going for broke is thought to be a Hawaiian gambling slang that means to risk everything for a big win. Search All 22 Records in Our Collections.
The 442nd regimental combat team consisted of thousands of Japanese Americans fighting in WWII. The 442d Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was activated on 1 February 1943, composed of American-born Japanese called "Nisei" (NEE-say), or second generation. The 442nd Regiment is the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. The 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat team will be honored later this year on the 75th anniversary of their service in eastern France, freeing the region of Nazi occupation. Oh the painful irony. We are a volunteer organization and not a government agency, so we do not have access to an official master list. The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which consisted entirely of Japanese-American soldiers, is acknowledged by the US Army as the liberators of one of the 123 sub-camps of Dachau, and also as the liberators, on May 2, 1945, of some of the prisoners who were on a death march out of the main Dachau camp. Created as the 442nd Regimental Combat Team when it was activated February 1st, 1943, the unit quickly grew to its fighting complement of 4,000 men by April 1943, and an eventual total of about 14,000 men served overall.