(First published in The Rafu Shimpo on September 22 2010.)
I am writing to you because I am trying to identify a person in a photo who was in the 442nd Infantry, formerly the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army, it was an Asian American unit composed of mostly Japanese Americans who fought in Europe during World War II. Well… I guess that was unneccessary. These soldiers were instrumental in breaking through the GOTHIC LINE . from where I live in Carrara, Italy.
Recently, an Italian friend named Elio posted a photo of a Nisei soldier on his facebook page. It was taken on the 11th of May 1945. The man who took the photo is no longer alive so we aren’t sure where it was taken. Possibly Livorno, Genova, La Spezia or Carrara. We are quite curious to know about this young man. Who he is, if he survived the war and perhaps even where he is now. He looks to be about 20 so he must be about 85 now. He probably made it through the war if the date written on the photo is correct. We believe that he probably returned to the USA if his photo was taken 11 May 1945. The worst of the Italian fighting was over. We actually believe that this man survived.
On the 12th of September 2010 a memorial service is being held in Fivizzano, Italy at the memorial statue dedicated the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, to remember TASK FORCE FUKADA. This particular group was instrumental in freeing the town from German control.
Carrara, Italy (+39 349 464 4268)