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Sun Mar 12, 2017, 06:52 PM

The Most Decorated Unit in American History



The 442nd Regiment received more than 18,000 awards, including 9,500 Purple Hearts, 5,200 Bronze Star Medals, 588 Silver Stars, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 7 Distinguished Unit Citations, and twenty-one Congressional Medal of Honors. The 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. The 4,000 men who initially made up the unit in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2.5 times. In total, about 14,000 men served. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (5 earned in one month). Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. Its motto was “Go for Broke”.

After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, which drove America into World War II, Japanese Americans were classified as “Enemy Aliens” and were not allowed to enlist in the military. In addition, the American government forced Japanese Americans, including many who were American citizens, to relocate to internment camps in the western wasteland areas of the country.

But in 1943, the government, headed by President Roosevelt, decided to allow Japanese Americans to serve in an entirely Japanese-American battalion, the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. Though they were treated with suspicion by many Americans, several young Japanese American men of the Nisei generation still volunteered to join the group of approximately 4,500 troops. Many of these volunteers chose to fight in the war because they wanted to better the future of the Japanese in America by showing their dedication and loyalty to the country through this endeavor.


The 442nd is commonly reported to have suffered a casualty rate of 314 percent, informally derived from 9,486 Purple Hearts divided by some 3,000 original in-theater personnel. The official casualty rate, combining KIA (killed) with MIA (missing) and WIA (wounded and removed from action) totals, as a fraction of all who served, is 93%, still uncommonly high Many Purple Hearts were awarded during the Vosges Mountains campaign and some of the wounded were victims of trench foot. But many trench foot victims were forced—or willingly chose—to return to their unit even while classified as “wounded in action”. Wounded soldiers often escaped from hospitals to return to the fight.

These Japanese Americans emerged from the shadows of the internment camps and the sufferings of their parents to uphold the honor of their culture and people. In fighting for a country that had thwarted their efforts to thrive in so many ways, their pride and valor reflected the spirit of their families who immigrated to America and strove to survive despite the hardest conditions. These soldiers paved the way for great change in the perception and status of Japanese Americans, as well as all Asian Americans, in the country that we are now proud to call home.


Lengthy but fascinating article: http://www.hawaiireporter.com/the-most-decorated-unit-in-american-history-442nd-regiment

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Sun Mar 12, 2017, 09:34 PM

1. There is a 442nd soldier, KIA Italy, buried in the local cemetery.

Stopped by there one Sunday to visit relatives there, saw a couple of ladies decorating his grave marker. Found out they were his nieces, elderly now, and that the 442nd vet was killed by friendly fire.

Went to a parade in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, several years ago, and met several 442nd vets who were Grand Marshalls of the parade. Heroes! Huge honor to speak with them.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 04:12 AM

2. i read the book about them rescuing the "lost battallion". it was amazing.

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Response to Jaime Lannister (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 09:50 AM

4. It was an amazing book

The facts of our past are not always easy to look at, but we own them. Having learned from these incidents makes us a much stronger country today.

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 07:36 PM

6. the article jogged my memory, because the subtitle of the book was something like "Going for Broke

in the Chosin Peninsula".

War may be a totally stupid and needless thing that humans inflict upon each other, but when people find themselves in one with no other choice but to fight to survive, you will sometimes see the most amazing acts of bravery and sacrifice these young men do to protect each other. sometimes it's a complete waste, getting blasted senselessly, and other times incredible feats are achieved against astronomical odds.

it's a shame that such a situation is needed to bring that out in people, but it is what it is.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 08:01 AM

3. A sad commentary though,

many of those brave fighting men of the 442nd had to be let out of Democrat concentration camps to fight for the United States.

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Response to Kelley (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 10:18 AM

5. thread shitter.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 10:37 PM

7. some times the truth and history

are disturbing.

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Response to Kelley (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:19 PM

9. Thread shitter.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 01:09 AM

10. Thread shitter

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 07:43 AM

15. ....

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Response to Kelley (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 15, 2017, 10:48 PM

8. So true while these men fought and died, Democrats ripped their families off and had them guarded

By Machinegun, Bayonet and Shotgun.

Some of their brothers died by American Bullets in American Concentration Camps

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 01:31 AM

12. So the Republicans in Congress protested these camps?

Or are you just telling BS lies again? Name one gopher congressman who railed against internment.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 06:48 AM

13. Ralph Carr Governor of Colorado



http://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/digital-colorado/colorado-histories/20th-century/ralph-carr-defender-of-japanese-americans/

They are as loyal to American institutions as you and I. Many of the have been born here–are American citizens, with no connection or feeling of loyalty toward the customs and philosophies of Italy, Germany and Japan.... I am not talking on behalf of Japanese, of Italians, or of Germans as such when I say this. I am talking to ... all American people whether their status be white, brown or black and regardless of the birthplaces of their grandfathers when I say that if a majority may deprive a minority of its freedom, contrary to the terms of the Constitution today, then you as a minority may be subjected to the same ill-will of the majority tomorrow.


https://jacl.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2013JACLAnnualReport.pdf
http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/06/ralph-carr-colorado-japanese-internment/


Meanwhile not a single Democrat at ANY government level protested

This You democrats did to your fellow Americans-





I'm sorry you're upset that YOUR party did this to Americans, but facts are facts. Much as with Slavery Democrats were in the forefront of that as well. Seceding from the union and firing on federal troops so the democrats could continue to own blacks as property., See Democrats have a history of enslaving Minorities in the USA

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Response to Kelley (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 01:27 AM

11. Bipartisan support lead to those camps...

Lie to your wife and momma, they're invested in you enough to believe that bs. When you lie to me? I see your statement for the 💩 it actually is.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 16, 2017, 06:53 AM

14. It was an EXECUTIVE ORDER. that means FDR decided and did it, no GOP needed as you well know

So really if you're going to call others a liar you should really get hold of a mirror and soon.

Here, let me educate you-
Executive Order
A presidential policy directive that implements or interprets a federal statute, a constitutional provision, or a treaty.
The president's power to issue executive orders comes from Congress and the U.S. Constitution. Executive orders differ from presidential proclamations, which are used largely for ceremonial and honorary purposes, such as declaring National Newspaper Carrier Appreciation Day.
Executive orders do not require congressional approval.
Thus, the president can use them to set policy while avoiding public debate and opposition. Presidents have used executive orders to direct a range of activities, including establishing migratory bird refuges; putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II; discharging civilian government employees who had been disloyal, following World War II; enlarging national forests; prohibiting racial discrimination in housing; pardoning Vietnam War draft evaders; giving federal workers the right to bargain collectively; keeping the federal workplace drug free; and sending U.S. troops to Bosnia.

SOURCE-http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Executive+Order


EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066
SOURCES-
https://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/?dod-date=219

https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=74

http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history/eo9066.html

https://www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/MANZ/handouts/Beads_Executive_Order_9066.pdf

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:06 AM

16. So you got no gop congressman arguing against internment

Yep you're telling fibs, par for your course.

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Response to TexMex (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 17, 2017, 02:41 PM

17. You're the untruthful one as it was clearly for those with a brain an EXECUTIVE Order

and since EXECUTIVE Orders are so in the news recently we ALL know those come from a President without Congresses OK on them.

Not ONE Democrat Publicly denounced Nisei/Issei Internment by FDR

Not One had the balls to stand up and say it was wrong

Yet typically for you instead of like a man owning up to such a deplorable decisions you try like the Soviet Union to revise History to blame it on the GOP


Pathetic, even for you

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