veteran's = veteran interested Go For Broke Association

 

SHOULDER PATCH

The Shoulder Patch symbolizes the crusading spirit of the men who chose the design depicting the flaming torch of liberty held high.  This signifies their willingness to take up arms for the defense of all people regardless of race or color.


UNIT CREST

The Crest comprises the shield and the motto "Go For Broke" which means "Give your all or give everything you've got". The taro leaf which comes from the coat of arms of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) identifies Hawai'i.  The Steamboat symbolizes the place of activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

 

 

 

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About Us

Who We Are??

THE GO FOR BROKE ASSOCIATION is a 501(c)(19) not organized for profit veterans’ organization.  The regular voting member of the Association is, "Every person who performed honorable military service with the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), 442d Regimental Combat Team, 442d Regiment, 100th Battle Group, 100th Battalion, 442d Regiment; or any predecessor unit at any time" (1978 Bylaws).

The Association is incorporated on February 27, 1978 for the following purpose: To provide for the voluntary and mutual assistance, entertainment, enjoyment, and social improvement of the members of the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry United States Army Reserve (USAR).  100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR is in recruiting and retention effort and maintain the unit at the highest strength attainable to enable the unit to effectively participate in the defense of the United States of America, To provide generally for the moral, mental, and physical well-being of its members, and To acquire property for the Corporate purposes by grant, gift, purchase, devise or bequest, and to hold and to dispense of the same, subject to such limitations as army be prescribed by law.  We are The Go For Broke Association.

Our History

On August 15, 1946, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, including the 100th Infantry Battalion, was deactivated in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On March 27, 1947 it was allotted to the Organized Reserves Corps; and was activated on July 31, 1947 with Headquarters at Fort DeRussy, Hawai'i. (Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve).

Since its reactivation, the unit underwent several organizational changes between 1947 and current; from a Battle Group to a Battalion, and finally, to its current structure. Today, the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) is the only ground combat unit in the United States Army Reserves.

May 29, 1959: The 100th Battle Group, 442d Infantry was officially dedicated as a Ready Reserve unit in Honolulu, Hawaii stationed at Fort DeRussy, Hawaii under the Commanding Officer Colonel Walter Mookini until 1960.

May 1, 1964: The DoD re-named the unit the 100th Bn/442d Inf USAR.  The 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry Regiment USAR, is the remaining infantry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve force structure.

During the Korean War, all company grade officers and senior NCOs were recalled to active duty. The battalion also participated in "Operation Koolau" with the 25th Infantry Division and "Exercise Coral Sands" with the 11th Infantry Brigade (1965).

The 100th Battalion / 442nd Infantry (USAR) was mobilized on May 13, 1968 at Fort DeRussy, Hawai'i during the Vietnam War, to provide individual replacements and as a strategic reserve unit. Nine soldiers were killed in action.

Released from active military service 12 December 1969 and reverted to reserve status. 

In December 1980, a detachment was activated in American Samoa and evolved to become Company B. Several months later, Company C was established in Guam and on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas.

In 1989, Company C was relocated to American Samoa.

On February 15, 1999, Company A was inactivated. The next day, Company E was established on Guam, with Echo Detachment 1 on the Island of Saipan. Headquarters and Headquarters Company Detachment 1 is located in Hilo, Hawai'i. The Headquarters and Headquarters Company commands and Delta Company is relocated at Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

July 1999 - The Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Delta Company was relocated to Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

August 18, 2004, the Battalion was mobilized for duty in support of Iraq Freedom III with the 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard from Honolulu, Hawaii. The lengthy training took them from Schofield Barrack, Hawaii onto the training ground of Fort Bliss, Texas, and to Fort Polk, Lousiana, and further to Kuwait and the final location stationed 50 miles northwest of Baghdad at Logistical Support Area Anaconda.

January 2006: The 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard and the 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry Regiment USAR returned to Hawaii following a successful mission in Iraq. The 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry Regiment USAR was awarded its Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Iraq. Four members of the 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry were four Killed in Action and with deployed of 732 Soldiers.

During the year-long deployment one of the unit discovering over 50 weapons caches that were destroyed.  Unlike the soldiers of World War II who were predominantly Japanese Americans these soldiers came from as far away as Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska and included soldiers from Hawaii, Philippines, Samoa, Guam, Saipan and Palau.

13 March 2006: 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR was release from active military service and reverted to reserve status.

March 2007: A small platoon size element (28 Soldiers) from Company D of the 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry USAR were place on active military status for duty in the Philippine's with a Joint Forces Service mission.

December 2007 - The platoon size element from Company D of the 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry USAR returned to Hawaii following a successful mission and reverted back to reserve status.

August 19, 2008 - The 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry USAR received active military service orders attached with the 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard with combat Training at Fort Hood, Texas and follow on duty to Iraq / Kuwait

During the deployment the battalion performed many more combat mission to Kuwait and Iraq, performing over 1500 combat missions covering 1.3 million miles of roads.

 August 2009 - 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR was release from active military service and reverted to reserve status. Unit lost two Soldiers with one a non-combat Kill while training at Fort Hood, Texas and one Kill In Action (KIA) in Operation Iraqi Freedom XI.

On September 16, 2010 the 740th Combat Support Company was activated under the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) with special support for maintenance, cooks, transportation, fuel, and logistical assistance.

Headquartered located at Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i, the unit is under the command and control of the 9th Mission Support Command (USAR). It is also one of the infantry battalions falls under the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (USAR), Honolulu, Hawaii.

Soldiers in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) are well aware of the heritage they inherited and the record they must uphold from the original 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the most decorated unit size and length of service in the 240 year history of the United States Army.