of World War II Japanese-American Unit Opened for Research
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 Davys 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.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center is open Monday through Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Reference
Archivist Carrie Bohman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 267-1790,
or join the museum online at http://museum.dva.state.wi.us/.