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
Type Separate Regiment
later 100th Infantry Battalion (United States)
Role Infantry
Size 3800
Motto Go For Broke
Colors Blue and White
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War[1] (Reserve status only)
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The 442nd Regimental Combat Team hiking up a muddy French road in the Chambois Sector, France, in late 1944.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) 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.[2] 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.[3] The 442nd Regimental Combat Team motto was, "Go for Broke".


  1. "Asian-Americans i the United States Military during the Korean War". State of New Jersey. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. "100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry". GlobalSecurity.org. 23 May 2005. Archived from the original on 11 September 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  3. "Title unknown". Retrieved January 1, 2013.


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  • Moulin, Pierre. (1993). U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres - People of France and Japanese Americans: Incredible story Hawaii CPL Editions. Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error: No such module "check isxn".
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  • Remembrances: 100th Infantry Battalion 50th Anniversary Celebration 1942-1992., 100th Infantry Battalion Publication Committee, 1992
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  • Steffen, Jordan (October 6, 2010), "White House honors Japanese American WWII veterans", The Los Angeles Times
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  • 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. 

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