This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany.
The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII graveyard where presumably members of the 442nd lie at rest. At :55 a wreath of Hawaiian native flowers is placed. At 1:08 the group visits a waterfall. At 1:20 what might be a sugar cane plantation is seen in operation, with trucks moving grass. At 2:20 the sun sets over Hawaii. At 2:50 members of the group wrapped in blankets visit one of Hawaii's volcanoes. At 3:50 a dog watches its master play the trumpet. At 4:00 sweeping views of a bay are seen, probably on Kauai. At 6:00 Waimea Canyon is shown. At 10:21 are views of what might be Ft. Shafter. At 11:38 a Japanese-American family poses on the tarmac at the Hawaii airport before departing the magical islands via a Northwest propeller plane. At 13:08 the Northwest Airlines terminal is seen possibly in Oakland, California.
The 442nd Regiment is the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. Created as the 442d Regimental Combat Team when it was activated February 1, 1943, the unit quickly grew to its fighting complement of 4,000 men by April 1943. During action in WWII, these 4,000 had to be replaced nearly two times, with a total of about 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (five earned in one month).Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. In 2010, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and associated units who served during WWII, and in 2012, all surviving members were made chevaliers of the French Légion d'Honneur for their actions contributing to the liberation of France and their heroic rescue of the Lost Battalion. The unit's motto is "Go for Broke".
Arriving in the European Theatre, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, with its three infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and associated HQ and service companies, was attached to the 34th Infantry Division. On 11 June 1944, near Civitavecchia, Italy, the existing 100th Infantry Battalion, another all-Nisei fighting unit which had already been in combat since September 1943, was transferred from the 133rd Infantry Regiment to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Because of its combat record, the 100th was allowed to keep their original designation, with the 442nd renaming its 1st Infantry Battalion as its 100th Infantry Battalion. The 442nd saw heavy combat during WWII, and was not inactivated until 1946, only to be reactivated as a reserve unit in 1947 and garrisoned at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The 442nd lives on through the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment, which has maintained an alignment with the active 25th Infantry Division since a reorganization in 1972. This alignment has resulted in the 100th/442nd Infantry Regiment's mobilization for combat duty in the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. With the 100th/442nd Infantry Regiment the only infantry unit in the Army Reserve, the 442nd's current members carry on the honors and traditions of the historical unit.
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