Loyalty Honored: The 442nd RCT during WWII and as Remembered Since

Military jacket on display

March 5, 2018-May 31, 2018
Location: Moir Reading Room

In January 1943, the U.S. War Department called for the activation of a combat unit composed of Americans of Japanese Ancestry. In March of that year, the 10,000 volunteers from Hawaiʻi (as well as 1,200-1,500 from the mainland) who answered the call became the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which eventually included the 100th, 2nd, and 3rd Infantry Battalions, the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, the 232 Combat Engineers, and various support units.

Known for their outstanding combat record, their 'Go For Broke' slogan, and their determination in the face of prejudice, the men of the 442nd—like their counterparts of other ethnicities in the 'Greatest Generation'—went on to have a lasting impact on their communities. This exhibit provides an overview of some of the 442nd's WWII-era experiences and touches on its enduring legacy in the ensuing decades.

Highlights on view in the Hamilton Library lobby display cases (March only), main exhibit in the Moir Reading Room

Going for Honor, Going for Broke DVD. A photo and graphic novel depicting soldiers holding 2 flags Flip books with illustrations of a tent, sunrise, soldiers. Photos showing soldiers accepting leis and uniforms Lobby display cases for exhibit Display cases in Moir Reading Room

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