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The 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Nickname: ‘The Purple Heart Battalion’
Motto: “Go for Broke”
There was one unit that stands out during World War II.
It was the 442nd Infantry Regiment with more than 15,000 awards and decorations, when the estimated number of men who served was 18,000.
21 Medals of Honor
29 Distinguished Service Crosses
1 Distinguished Service Medal
588 Silver Star Medals
22 Legion of Merit Medals
15 Soldier’s Medals
5,200 Bronze Star Medals
9,486 Purple Hearts
36 Army Commendation Medals
87 Division Commendations
7 Presidential Unit Citations
2 Meritorious Service Unit Commendations
Congressional Gold Medal awarded on November 2, 2011.
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The Story of the 442nd Combat Team. Information – Education Section, MTOUSA
Shirey, Orville C. Americans, The Story of the 442nd Combat Team.Washington: Infantry journal Press, 1946
Duus, Masayo Umezawa. Unlikely Liberators: The Men of the 100th and 442nd. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987.
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