Was the motto of the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, the most decorated unit for its size in U.S. Military history. During WWII, its members were primarily of Nisei men – American-born citizens born to first generation Japanese American immigrants. For Mid-Willamette Valley veterans of this regiment, while they were giving all for their country on the battlefields of Europe, their families had been forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in camps.
Learn More about the 442nd here.
In 2017, the WHC started researching local veterans of the 442nd as part of an exhibit and partnership with the Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) in Los Angeles. Part of the work of the GFBNEC was the creation of and care for the Go For Broke Monument which commemorates the more than 16,000 Japanese American men and women who served during the war.
Research at the WHC is ongoing, but below are biographies of a few Mid-Willamette Valley members of the 442nd and other units memorialized on the Go for Broke Monument in Los Angeles.