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United States/Covers & Postmarks : "Go For Broke" Postcard

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10 Nov 2014
Thank you for this posting, Linus.

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11 Nov 2014

re: "Go For Broke" Postcard

for those who don't know, the 442nd was an all-Japanese infantry unit, raised from internees in the camps. They fought exclusively in the western theatre, and, as Linus notes, were the most decorated unit in the war.

the great book, and later movie, Snow Falling on Cedar, includes a fictional member of that unit, and his ancestry plays an important part in the story.

I suppose it should also be noted that racial stereotypes took a beating during the war. A Japanese-American unit earned highest decorations while an all-Black fighter squadron, initially flying obsolete planes, scored the most victories.

it's a great card, Linus


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11 Nov 2014
re: "Go For Broke" Postcard

Go For Broke! is also the title of an excellent 1951 movie (starring Van Johnson) about the 442nd. It is based on fact and stays pretty close to actual events (with the usual Hollywood fictionalizations). It is in the public domain and you can view it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixoPIOoqny0

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