Draft Reinstated


    The draft, which had been closed to Nisei men, was reinstated in January 1944.  The War Department announced the formation of segregated unite of Nisei soldiers and called for volunteers.  Several thousands served in the 100th Bn./442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT),
composed of Nisei from both the mainland U.S. and Hawaii.  They fought bravely and brilliantly in Europe and suffered tremendous casualties.  For its size and length of service, the 100th Bn./442nd RCT became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.  A number of others served in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) in the Pacific Theater of War, and Nisei women served as well in the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) and the Army Nurse Corps.  A total of over 26,000 Japanese Americans served in the US. Armed forces.  The 6,000 Japanese Americans who served in the MIS in the Pacific were especially effective, in translating captured enemy documents, interrogating prisoners of war and in breaking Japanese military codes. 
 

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