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Just Americans by Robert Asahina
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Aug 29, 08

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Wow! This is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. While their families were put into camps and denied basic human rights the men of the 100th Battalion and the 442 Regimental Combat Team fought for the US in Italy and France. Their heroism can best be summed up from the book itself.

In less than two years of World War II, the 442nd 'had participated in seven major campaigns in Italy and France, received seven Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations, and suffered 9,486 causalities," according to the Selective Service System, and was "awarded 18,143 individual decorations." As Gen. Mark Clark, commander of the Fifth Army, to which the 442nd was attached in Italy, pointed out, this was the record of a unit whose "original strength was about 3,500 men. (pg. 5)
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