Edited by Hana Masuda and Dianne Bridgman
Foreword by Daniel K. Inouye
University of Washington Press, 2008
Paperback, 224 pages
16 illus., 2 maps, 6 x 9 in.
The book is the first collection of letters from the 442nd Combat Team and gives the reader an incredible personal account of the regiment’s fighting in Italy and France. Masuda frequently writes about daily life, describing his favorite meals, getting his hands on an old copy of the New York Times, and learning to play the ukulele. However, the letters also give the reader a true sense of what it was like to serve in the most decorated regiment in history. In addition to the letters, editor Dianne Bridgman has gracefully woven medical detachment logs to give the reader a sense of time and place in the war as well as excerpts from the recollections of the Masudas before they died. Although Letters from the 442nd is ultimately an account of World War II in Europe, the account comes from the eloquent letters of one of Washington’s, and more importantly America’s, own.
By Catherine Hinchliff, November 11, 2008