Item #3890 The Story of the 442nd Combat Team Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company. Japanese Americana, World War II.
The Story of the 442nd Combat Team Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company

The Story of the 442nd Combat Team Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company

[N.p., but probably Italy]: Information - Education Section, MTOUSA, [1945]. [4],43,[1]pp. plus folding map. Original blue printed wrappers, stapled. Soft vertical crease throughout, minor edge wear. Modest toning to text, as usual. Very good. Item #3890

The first published history of Nisei troops in World War II, issued by the famed Japanese-American unit at the end of the conflict. In a dark period of Japanese-American history, the 442nd combat team fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, Germany, and southern France. Since the Second World War, the 442nd has become the most highly decorated military unit in the history of the United States Armed Forces, with twenty-one Medal of Honor recipients and 9,486 Purple Hearts. Their motto, which has since become famous and synonymous with the unit, was "Go for Broke!"

The present work was compiled by the members of the 442nd Combat Team themselves, and includes a history of the unit from "Activation and Training" through their service in Italy, including Rome, the Arno, the Battle of Bruyeres, and their return to Italy, where they helped bring about the end of the Wehrmacht. The last chapter is entitled, "The Forgotten Men," and celebrates the soldiers normally left out of military awards recognition, such as medics, wire crews, engineers, supply sections, and others. This section ends with a tally of the 1,002 decorations earned by the 442nd, as of August 7, 1945. The folding map shows the route of the combat team at the Battle of Bruyeres in 1944 and during Task Force Fukuda in April 1945. An uncommon and important contemporary account of World War II and the history of Japanese Americans in combat, most of whom had families in internment camps at the time they were fighting for their own country, the United States.

Price: $550.00

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