“…The record of that original 100th Infantry Battalion and what it meant in the acceptance of Japanese Americans as loyal citizens of the United States must be remembered. If it had failed in its first months of fighting in Italy, there might never have been a chance for other Americans of Japanese ancestry to show their loyalty to the United States as convincingly as the 100th did on the battlefields of Europe. The 100th had proved that loyalty to the United States is not a matter of race or ancestry…”
– Lyn Crost, war correspondent for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, who covered the 100th/442nd in World War II
They were ordinary men from working class families – mainly from Hawaii – with later arrivals volunteering from barbed wire-enclosed internment camps on the United States mainland. When called to duty in World War II, the men of the 100th Infantry Battalion performed extraordinary feats fighting for the country they loved.
Here are the stories of the men of the legendary 100th Infantry Battalion – in many instances, told in their own words – stories of their lives as the sons of immigrants from Japan growing up in Hawaii’s multicultural society; of their unwavering loyalty in the face of racism; of perseverance and loss; of the families they nurtured and communities they helped shape in postwar Hawaii. Most of all, theirs is an American story of democracy at work and a lesson for today’s generation.
Ben H. Tamashiro – Chronicler of the 100th Infantry Battalion
Ben H. Tamashiro made his living as a administrator at Schofield Barracks. But his real passion was writing about his wartime comrades in the 100th Infantry Battalion — something he did exceedingly well. Tamashiro chronicled their stories, bringing to life human experiences that transcended battle records and medal counts… Read More