Photographs of World War II Japanese-American Unit Opened for Research

January 2003

Over 100 photographs of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), a predominantly Japanese-American World War II unit, have recently been opened for research by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center (Madison, WI). These photographs are part of the Leonard C. Davy Papers (WVM Mss 20); Davy served as an officer in the unit as it made its way through Italy and France in 1944-1945, and took the photographs. The Davy papers also include over 100 photographs of Davy’s service in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Coastal Artillery, but the strength of the collection is the 442nd RCT subseries.

There are 25 identified shots of individual team members and more than 20 identified group shots. The photographs include images of the 442nd RCT in camp and traversing terrain, as well as posing for “formal” shots. Beyond putting a face to this important, though little known chapter in American World War II history, these photographs convey the sense of camaraderie shared among the members of the combat team.

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