"Go For Broke" was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an Army unit made up of Nisei, or second-generation Japanese Americans, from Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland. The term meant to put everything on the line in an effort to win big – something these Nisei understood all too well.
Nearly one year after signing Executive Order 9066, which laid the groundwork for the mass relocation of more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to internment camps, President Franklin Roosevelt activated the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Despite the growing racism against them, many Japanese Americans answered the call to serve.
After intense training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the 442nd was sent overseas to Italy, where they fought alongside the 100th Infantry Battalion, another Japanese-American unit.
Today, the 442nd is remembered as the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the US military. In total, about 18,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor and an unprecedented seven Presidential Unit Citations. #AAPIHM
Learn more about the 442nd here: https://www.goforbroke.org/learn/history/military_units/442nd.php