Japanese American Families Receive the Purple Heart:

The US Army presents Purple Heart medals to families of Japanese American soldiers killed fighting in Italy. The soldiers were from the 100th Infantry Battalion, a unit composed primarily of Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) from Hawaii.

The 100th Battalion fought at Salerno, Cassino and Anzio while attached to the US 34th Infantry Division’s 133rd Infantry Regiment.  The unit became known as the “Purple Heart Battalion” for the heavy casualties they suffered during their brave and relentless attacks against German forces in Italy.

The battalion was later attached to the Nisei 442nd Infantry Regiment and fought in France and the Northern Apennine and Po Valley campaigns in Italy.

The  100th/442nd became the highest decorated units for their size and length of service in American history.

The clip is from a United News newsreel

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