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Journey of Heroes : the Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442 Regimental Combat Team told in graphic novel.
Paperback, 45 pages
Published 2012
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Rick
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot about the Nisei soldiers and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii from this book, I would recommend it to everyone. The fun art style is contrary to the serious subject matter which possibly makes it easier to read. Hopefully one day the 100th/442nd will get the movie that they deserve since that would likely draw an even larger audience than the comic book.
Neil Yamamoto
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a WONDERFUL book. The best part of it was the fact that it was so accessible for its target audience. I liken it to the Graphic Novels Maus I and Maus II which chronicle the plight of European Jews during World War II. The Chibi characters helped to enhance the story for me, as they reminded me of the AJA veterans I know... "cute" "spunky" and perhaps a bit mischievous. It was impactful for me, as a Japanese American, I have been wanting to see a book that anyone could pick up, read for ...more
Diz
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is clearly an amateur work of comics, but the story it tells is quite powerful. The 100th and the 442nd were made up of second generation Japanese-American soldiers fighting in World War II. Despite the racism and internment that Japanese-Americans experienced on the mainland, these soldiers fought to prove their patriotism and loyalty to the United States. As I read their experiences, I couldn't help tearing up a little bit. This is well-worth reading if you can get a copy. They have copie ...more
Shane Akagi
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was growing up, my uncle, who served in the original 100th Infantry battalion, would share his stories about the war with me. It wasn't violent, gory, or bloody stories about killing Nazis, but rather, they were vivid images of the things things he experienced during the war (particularly in Italy). He passed away a few years ago, but his stories stick with me to this day.

Stories like having to use pack mules to carry casualties after Monte Cassino. Getting trench foot while huddling in a
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Bradley Daniels
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely delightful little book and an obvious labor of love. I highly recommended it if you can still find a copy.
Al Johnson
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having served two tours in the Middle East and extended "other" tours in Asia as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tech for the US Army, I understand the difficulty in describing ones experience to others. Most of the time you don't. But for those whose narratives are important in our history, not just militarily, but as a community of Americans, that option of silence is not preferable. Enter Stacey Hayashi and her Journey of Heroes book. Stacey utilizes a medium that may not be understood by adul ...more
Titus
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although I was not directly involved with the comic book, I helped Stacey write the feature film script. The comic book takes selected events from the film script and brings them to life. These events are taken from Stacey's and my extensive research from rare and hard-to-find books, as well as interviews (short and long) with surviving veterans. From what I can see, Stacey and Damon have chosen the most important and poignant moments, and put them into a free-flowing and easy-to-read format. I ...more
Brandie
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! A powerful little book. I recently read When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Both poignant. Both from similar but very different perspectives of what Japanese Americans went through during WWII.
Callie Trautmiller
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! Both informative and entertaining, not only for myself, but all three of my kids loved this book and lent it to their friends as well. It is a great way for kids, teens and adults alike to educate themselves on the Nisei experience during World War II.
Hillary
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was such a good idea. I mean, how can one really go wrong with war heroes? It had backing from the large and supportive Japanese community in Hawaii- afterall who can't get behind WWII heroes? I hope these backers are pleased with the publicity since it got a LOT of exposure and press. Stamps of approval from Sen. Inouye, Jake Shimabukuro, Central Pacific Bank, and other sponsors and donors. Hayashi and Wong are very good promoters, and who doesn't want to sing the well deserved praises of ...more
Susan
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a comic book, a graphic book, or screen layout, for a movie the author wants to make about the Hawaii all-nisei (second generation of Japanese parentage born in Hawaii) WWII soldiers in the 100th Infantry Battalion / 442 "Go For Broke" Regimental Combat Team. It is inspiring and humbling and very relevant to today's politics and issues of racism. I wonder if our children know this story about the most decorated unit in American military history? It should be mandatory reading for middle- ...more
Pauline Iwamoto
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In JOURNEY OF HEROES, author Stacey Hayashi takes the reader on the journey of the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Bn 442nd RCT during WWII. Those soldiers fought bravely for the U.S. army, even though their families were sent to internment camps. Hayashi captures the essence of the soldiers' virtues of loyalty, perseverance, integrity, honor and friendship. Hayashi's historical summary is accompanied by chibis illustrated by Damon Wong. Excellent work!
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