Go For Broke
September 2015

Go for broke is a phrase from Hawaiian Pidgin meaning "to wager everything".

It was the motto the World War II Nisei unit, the 442nd Infantry Regiment.

The story of this unit was largely ignored, until the 1951 film about it.

Japanese Americans were still treated with distrust within the USA

The Nisei however soon proved their worth -

Japanese American troops also used their language skills extensively

this patriotism and loyalty was not always recognised

Drunk History Season 2/7 on Hawaii covers Daniel Inouye - and his rejection before and after the war

Private Jerry Jiro Iwana's jacket

Nisei units suffered the highest casualty rate in the history of the US Army -
and were the most highly decorated

Despite this, Japanese Americans had a long fight for acceptance after the war ended...