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The mission of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is to research and preserve the history of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This includes the actions and events related to the internment of Japanese American citizens and residents as a result of Executive Order 9066. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is also dedicated to the history of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) and the issues related to the treatment of the Japanese American community in Hawaii following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is not a veterans organization nor will it cover civil rights issues that are not directly related to Japanese Americans. The 442nd RCT Historical Society will not cover the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) history nor will it cover the military service of Japanese Americans who served in other post-World War II conflicts.
The 442nd RCT deserves to have a historical organization and website devoted to the regiment. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team's combat record was the most significant factor in breaking down the social barriers and racism that confronted the Japanese American community after World War II.
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team left behind a record that was unparalleled in our nation's history and this site is devoted to those fighting men that served their country so honorably.
This website is produced by Peter Wakamatsu. His father was Jack K. Wakamatsu, the 1st Sgt. of "F" Company. Peter has conducted independent research on the history of the 442nd since 2013 and has visited the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, three times. He has also visited the 442nd Archives located at the 442 Club in Honolulu, the University of Utah archives in Salt Lake City, and the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California. Recently, he has completed the documentary film, "Four-Four-Two, F Company At War", which is airing on PBS stations nationwide in May 2015.
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