The 442nd Regiment Terrah Williams

November 13, 1944; men discussing defense against Germany

The 442nd regiment was a large group Americans with Japanese ancestry. Most men in the troop barely spoke Japanese or never actually went or came from to Japan. They were described as smart and loyal, normally finding solutions to problems within the group, instead of just doing what they're told.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Japanese American people became a common enemy and most were sent to internment camps for simply having Japanese ancestry. Their everyday lives consisted of them being discriminated and even when they enlisted they were treated badly. The 442nd regiment was made of two different battalions, but they both only consisted of Japanese American men, most were from Hawaii.

In the war they fought in eight major battles in Italy, France, and Germany. The men rescued more than 200 men from Southern France and German POW camps. Liberated Italy from Axis control and took a toll on German forces. The regiment captured a German submarine and gave it to the Navy as a gift, then broke a heavily armed German trench line. Men that could speak Japanese could translate enemy chatter, sabotage attacks, and keep track of communication.

These men were loyal and strong, fighting fearlessly for the US. They were good men, when sent to the South they defended African Americans and wanted to end Jim Crow laws. When they returned Truman said to them, "You fought the enemy abroad and prejudice at home." Due to its length and size the regiment became the most decorated, coming home with more than 18,000 awards for its men.

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