Successfully clearing the beachhead would enable the Allies to assault and capture the Italian capital.
They were shipped off instead to the Mediterranean theater and saw intensely heavy fighting in Italy.
In the Battle of Monte Cassino, they earned the nickname of “The Purple Heart Battalion” because of the staggering amount of casualties.
After much deliberation by top generals, in Hawaii, home to the largest population of Japanese Americans, 1,432 Japanese American Soldiers were plucked out of their National Guard units and loaded unto the USS Maui with no clue where they were going, under the dubious title of “Hawaii Provisional Infantry Battalion.” Many assumed that they were being shipped off to internment camps.
Five days later they arrived in Oakland, California, re-designated as the 100 Infantry Battalion (Separate), and loaded onto passenger trains and transported to Camp Mc Coy, Wisconsin to begin training for the war.
Noting the animosity toward the Japanese from the Korean community due to the Japanese occupation of Korea at the time, the Army offered Kim a reassignment to a different unit.
Kim adamantly refused, stating, First Lieutenant Kim and Private First Class Irving Akahoshi embarked on an extremely dangerous mission and crawled behind enemy lines, snuck up, disarmed and captured two German Soldiers, all while they were within earshot of Nazi Soldiers just yards away who were unaware of what was going on, and gathered key intelligence that ultimately allowed the Allies to break through German defenses and capture the Anzio beachhead.” I was born and raised in Toronto by my parents who were also raised in Toronto, so I was just as westernized as these guys were.When I received messages from other people of colour, they didn’t even mention anything about the fact that I was Asian.As my boyfriend (who is a white male himself) puts it, “Every white guy wants to have sex with an Asian girl, but not all of them want to date one.” We all know the popular slang term “yellow fever”, which describes a (usually) white male who fetishizes Asian women.On the other hand, there are also plenty of Asian women who fetishize white guys just as much.As a young Asian woman, I am no stranger to feeling fetishized by white males.